What is Clotrimazole Pessary?
Clotrimazole Pessary is a single application tablet for the treatment of vaginal thrush. It is inserted into the vagina for treatment at the site of infection. Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication, and works by killing the fungus causing the thrush.
Clotrimazole Pessary is available over the counter without a prescription. For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.
How it works
Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines which fight the cause of fungal infections like vaginal thrush. It works by preventing the fungal infection from producing ergosterol, a substance it requires to survive. Once it can no longer produce this, the cells of the fungus become weaker and less able to maintain their structure.
Before you take it
You should not use Clotrimazole Pessary if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients in this medicine. A full list of ingredients can be found in the patient information leaflet. For more information, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are unsure as to whether or not you have vaginal thrush, or if you have had more than two episodes of vaginal thrush in the last six months, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this treatment.
It is also important to make sure that you and your partner do not have any sexually transmitted infections. Some symptoms of sexually transmitted infections can be mistaken for thrush - if you’re unsure, speak to a healthcare professional.
If you are under 16 years old or over 60 years old, you should speak to your doctor if you have symptoms of thrush. Please note, that we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.
You must speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Fever or chills
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Pain or difficulty in passing urine
These symptoms might indicate that a more serious infection is present. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medication in this circumstance.
This product may reduce the effectiveness of latex contraceptives, such as condoms. Alternative contraceptive precautions should be considered for at least five days after using this product.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines. In particular, let them know if you are taking tacrolimus or sirolimus (used to reduce the immune response to prevent rejection after an organ transplant).
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or pharmacist before using this treatment.
This is not a complete list of warnings and interactions. For an exhaustive list, consult the patient information leaflet or ask your doctor for advice.
Always use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor or the packaging. Never exceed the stated dose.
The applicator should be used to insert the pessary into the vagina, ideally before going to bed at night. Wash your hands before and after handling the applicator.
How to use:
1. Place the pessary firmly into the applicator.
2. Carefully put the applicator as deep into the vagina as is comfortable. Slowly press the plunger to deposit the pessary.
3. Once removed, dispose of the applicator safely.
It is common to notice residue after using the pessary. The symptoms of thrush should resolve within about three days, but if symptoms persist, talk to your doctor.
This medication is for use in the vagina only. Do not put the pessary in your mouth or swallow it. If the pessary is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor straight away or contact the casualty department of your nearest hospital.
Common Side Effects of Clotrimazole
Like all medicines, although not everybody gets them, Clotrimazole Pessary can cause side effects. Side effects may include:
- Pain in the abdomen
- Vaginal peeling or bleeding
If you experience any of the above effects, or have a concern about a persisting side effect, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using this product and contact your nearest casualty right away, as this can be serious. Signs of allergic reactions can include:
- Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
- Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint
- Swallowing or breathing problems
For an exhaustive list of side effects, consult the patient information leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, alcohol is not known to affect the function of this medication.
How do I store it?
Keep this medication in a cool, dry environment and out of the reach of children.
Will I still be able to drive?
You should still be able to drive, as this treatment is not likely to cause drowsiness or dizziness.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
The treatments full ingredients list can be found on the patient information leaflet.