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What to do if you missed your clotrimazole 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.

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Other known brand names

Canesten cream, Canesten thrush cream

About clotrimazole

Clotrimazole belongs to a class of drugs known as imidazoles. It is a topical antifungal agent that is used to treat fungal skin infections such as external thrush, jock itch, ringworm, athletes foot, fungal nappy rash, and fungal sweat rash in men, women and children.

Clotrimazole cream is also available as the active ingredient in Canesten over the counter. NowPatient offers clotrimazole as a generic or as the brand Canesten as treatments for Jock itch only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of clotrimazole

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

Who is clotrimazole suitable for?

Clotrimazole is suitable for adults and children.

Who is clotrimazole not suitable for?

Clotrimazole 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 1% or any of the inactive ingredients, such as polysorbate 60, cetyl esters wax, cetyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, 2-octyldodeoanol, or benzyl alcohol
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

How and where to get clotrimazole?

Clotrimazole 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 clotrimazole directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of Jock itch, you can discuss if clotrimazole 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 clotrimazole for Jock itch

Clotrimazole is available as a cream, pessary or oral capsule and when used for Jock itch, it is available in strengths ranging from 1% cream to 2% cream.

Information about how to use clotrimazole for Jock itch

Apply clotrimazole 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 clotrimazole cream for at least two weeks for candida infections or one month for other types of infections. Continue treatment for 1 week after your symptoms have cleared to prevent reinfection or spreading. Clotrimazole 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 clotrimazole?

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 clotrimazole and you experience any of the following side effects:

What are the side effects of clotrimazole?

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 clotrimazole 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 clotrimazole. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can clotrimazole used for Jock itch be used long term?

You should use clotrimazole 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 clotrimazole?

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

Can women use clotrimazole?

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

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

You can eat and drink normally when using clotrimazole.

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
  • Treating suspected fungal infections such as athlete’s foot
  • Not sharing personal items

Alternatives to clotrimazole

Alternatives for the treatment of Jock itch include Canesten and Daktarin cream.


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