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What to do if you missed your CANESTEN dose

Report suspected side effects or adverse reactions to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) using the Yellow Card Reporting system that covers medicines, vaccines, e-cigarettes and medical device incidents.

Learn more about reporting side effects

About Canesten

Canesten contains clotrimazole, an antifungal agent, as the active ingredient. It is an antifungal treatment for fungal skin infections such as vaginal thrush, jock itch, ringworm, athletes foot, nappy rash, and fungal sweat rash in men, women and children. It may be used in combination with hydrocortisone for inflamed infections.

Canesten and generic clotrimazole cream are available on prescription and over the counter. NowPatient offers Canesten and clotrimazole as a generic for the treatment of Jock itch only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Canesten

  • For the treatment of fungal skin infections
  • Canesten can take a few days to improve symptoms such as itching or soreness. Redness and scaling may take longer
  • Canesten has some common side effects which include burning and discomfort
  • It can be dangerous if you use Canesten with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is Canesten suitable for?

Canesten is suitable for adults and children.

Who is Canesten not suitable for?

Canesten antifungal cream may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before using if you:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to clotrimazole in the past
  • Have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

How and where to get Canesten?

Canesten is available from a number of sources. It is available on prescription or over the counter at a pharmacy.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy Canesten directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with one of our prescribers for the treatment of Jock itch, you can discuss if Canesten is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for Canesten for Jock itch

Canesten is available as an external cream, thrush pessary, vaginal cream or thrush duo oral capsule and when used for Jock itch, it is available in strengths ranging from 1% to 2% cream.

Information about how to use Canesten for Jock itch

Apply Canesten cream thinly to the affected areas two or three times a day. A 1cm strip of cream is enough to treat your entire hand. How long you use the cream for, will depend on the type of infection. You should use Canesten cream for at least two weeks for candida yeast infections or one month for other types of infections. Continue treatment for 1 week after your symptoms have cleared to prevent reinfection or spreading. Canesten cream is for external use only.

Read the patient information leaflet provided or speak to a healthcare professional for further information.

What happens if you use too much Canesten?

If you use more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Canesten and you experience any of the following side effects:

What are the side effects of Canesten?

Common side effects include:

  • Itching
  • Blisters
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Irritation or peeling

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using Canesten at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Canesten. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can Canesten used for Jock itch be used long term?

You should use Canesten cream for at least two weeks for candida infections or one month for other types of infections and continue treatment for 1 week after your symptoms have cleared to prevent reinfection or spreading. If your symptoms do not improve speak to a doctor for medical advice.

Is there a herbal Canesten?

No. Herbal Canesten does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Canesten?

Women can use Canesten, however you should speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when using Canesten?

You can eat and drink normally when using Canesten.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with Jock itch?

You may modify your lifestyle in a number of ways, this may include

  • Keeping the groin area dry after showering or exercising
  • Wearing clean clothes
  • Avoid using deodorants in and around your intimate area
  • Treating suspected fungal infections such as athlete’s foot
  • Not sharing personal items

Alternatives to Canesten

Alternatives for the treatment of Jock itch include fluconazole and miconazole.


Medical Disclaimer

NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information on this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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