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Clotrimazole Topical

INFORMATION

Uses

Clotrimazole Topical is used in the treatment of fungal infections.

How it works

Clotrimazole belongs to a class of medications called as antifungals. It works by preventing the growth of fungi that cause the infection.

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Itching, Application site irritation, Burning sensation, Skin redness

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Expert advice

  • Do not use clotrimazole topical for vaginal infections if you are menstruating.
  • Do not take clotrimazole pessary by mouth. Avoid direct contact of cream or drops with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not use tampons, vaginal douches, spermicides, or other vaginal products while using clotrimazole for vaginal infections.
  • Avoid vaginal intercourse during treatment of vaginal infections.
  • Do not use the vaginal tablets in children younger than 16 years.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had two infections of fungal vaginitis in the last six months, history of sexually transmitted disease (STD) or exposed to a partner with STD, or have pregnancy or suspected pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor before using clotrimazole, if you have any of the following symptoms: irregular or abnormal vaginal bleeding, a blood-stained discharge, vulval or vaginal ulcers, blisters or sores, lower abdominal pain, fever or chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or foul smelling vaginal discharge.
  • Seek immediate medical advice if symptoms do not relieve within a week of using vaginal cream or tablets, or infection recurs more than twice within six months.
  • Patients allergic to clotrimazole or other imidazole antifungal medications or any of its ingredients. 
  • It should not given to patients who never had a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor.
  • It should not take if patient is who have itching caused by a condition other than a yeast infection.

Frequently asked questions

Clotrimazole Topical

Q.Is clotrimazole a steroid?
Clotrimazole is an imidazole antifungal medication and not a steroid.


Content on this page was last updated on 12 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)