Canesten Topical Cream (Clotrimazole)

Canesten Topical Cream

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Canesten topical cream contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, which is an antifungal medication used to treat a variety of fungal skin infections, including athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, and fungal nappy rash.

It works by stopping the growth of fungi and relieving the symptoms associated with these infections, such as itching, burning, and irritation.

Clotrimazole provides effective relief for external symptoms of yeast infections, such as itching, burning, redness, and soreness. It can be used in conjunction with other Canesten products for comprehensive treatment.


  • Cleanliness is key: Wash and dry the affected area thoroughly before applying the cream.
  • Thin layer, gentle touch: Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area and the surrounding skin, rubbing it in gently.
  • Follow the instructions: Apply the cream according to the frequency mentioned on the package (usually 2-3 times a day) for the recommended duration (typically 2-4 weeks).
  • Finish what you start: Even if symptoms improve quickly, complete the full course of treatment to ensure the infection is completely gone.
  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands well with soap and water after applying the cream to prevent spreading the infection.
  • Hygiene matters: Maintain good hygiene practices during treatment. This might involve wearing loose-fitting cotton clothes, changing clothes and towels daily, and avoiding scratching the affected area.


  • Wrong places: Don't use Canesten cream on your face or anal/genital areas unless a healthcare provider specifically directs you to.
  • Broken skin is off-limits: Avoid applying Canesten cream to broken or irritated skin.
  • No to dressings (usually): Don't use a bandage or dressing over the treated area unless your healthcare provider instructs you to do so.
  • More isn't always better: Don't use more cream than recommended or apply it more often than directed.
  • Sharing is not caring: Don't share Canesten cream with others, as it can spread infections.
  • Allergies are important: Don't use Canesten cream if you're allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Expired products are useless: Don't use Canesten cream after the expiration date.

Common Side Effects:

  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Stinging
  • Swelling of the skin where the cream was applied

Serious Side Effects:

  • Skin rash, hives, blistering, burning, itching, peeling, redness, stinging, swelling, or other signs of skin irritation not present before use of this medicine
  • Painful red eye with loss of vision (could be caused by increased pressure in the eye)
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) with symptoms such as sudden swelling of the lips, mouth, throat, or tongue

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Canesten topical cream, contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Do not use Canesten topical cream if you have a known allergy to clotrimazole or any other ingredients in the cream.

Talk to your healthcare provider before using Canesten topical cream if you have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding: Discuss the risks and benefits of using Canesten with your healthcare provider.
  • Open wounds or broken skin in the area you plan to apply the cream.
  • Weakened immune system: You may be more susceptible to infections while using Canesten.
  • Liver or kidney disease: May affect how your body processes Canesten.

Canesten topical cream is for external use only. Do not swallow it or apply it to your eyes.

Avoid tight-fitting clothing or bandages unless your healthcare provider instructs otherwise. These can trap moisture and worsen irritation.

Inform your healthcare provider of all medications you are using, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Some medications may interact with Canesten.


Generic name:

Clotrimazole, Clotrimazole


Topical Cream, Topical Cream (Taro)

Strength(s): 1%
Quantities Available: 15, 30, 50
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