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Canesten Topical Cream is a topical medication used to treat fungal skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, which belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles and is an antifungal agent that fights the cause of fungal skin infections.
Canesten Topical Cream works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol in fungi, which leads to structural and functional impairment of the fungal cell membrane, ultimately resulting in fungal cell death.
Use and Dosage
Apply this cream exactly as prescribed by your doctor or recommended by your pharmacist. To use Canesten Topical Cream, you should first clean and dry the affected area. Then apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected skin area 2-3 times per day and rub it in gently. The length of treatment depends on the severity and location of the infection, but usually ranges from 2-4 weeks.
Follow the instructions provided on the packaging and consult your doctor if symptoms do not improve within this time frame. Avoid getting the cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth, and wash your hands thoroughly after each application. If you have any doubts or concerns about how to use Canesten Topical Cream, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Serious Side Effects of Canesten Topical Cream (Clotrimazole):
- Difficult breathing
- Severe blistering of treated skin
- Severe burning, itching, or other irritation
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Swelling, redness, or oozing from the applied site
- Signs of a serious allergic reaction (i.e., hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face and throat)
Forms and Strength
Canesten Topical Cream (Clotrimazole) is available in the following forms and strength:
Canesten Topical Cream: Topical Cream
Clotrimazole: Topical Cream (Taro)
- The cream is for external use only and should not be used inside the vagina or rectum.
- Do not use this cream if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of its ingredients.
- Avoid getting the cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
- If your symptoms do not improve within 2-4 weeks of using the cream, or if they get worse, stop using the cream and consult your doctor.
- Canesten Topical Cream may interact with other medications you are using. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this cream if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drugs, or if you are using any herbal or dietary supplements.
- If you experience any serious side effects from using this cream, such as severe skin irritation or an allergic reaction, stop using the cream and seek medical attention right away.
- Keep the cream out of reach of children and store it at room temperature in a dry place.
- Do not use this cream on children under the age of 2 years old unless directed by a doctor.
- This cream may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people. Stop using the cream if you develop a rash, swelling, or itching, and contact your doctor.
- Avoid using this cream in areas with broken skin or open wounds.
- If you are using other topical products on the same skin area as Canesten Topical Cream, wait at least 30 minutes between applications to avoid reducing the effectiveness of the medications.
- This cream may cause damage to latex products, such as condoms or diaphragms. Avoid using such products while using Canesten Topical Cream or use alternative forms of birth control.
- Canesten Topical Cream is not effective against all types of fungal infections. Consult your doctor if you have any doubts about the nature or severity of your infection.
- Follow the instructions provided on the packaging and use the cream only as directed. Do not use more than the recommended dose or for longer than the recommended duration without consulting your doctor.
- Discontinue use of Canesten Topical Cream and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can children use Canesten Topical Cream?
Canesten Topical Cream is safe for children over the age of 2 years old. For children under 2 years old, consult a doctor before use.
How do I store Canesten Topical Cream?
Keep the cream at room temperature in a dry place. Do not freeze or expose to high temperatures. Keep out of reach of children.
Can Canesten Topical Cream be used for vaginal yeast infections?
No, Canesten Topical Cream should not be used for vaginal yeast infections. Use Canesten Vaginal Cream instead.
It's important to purchase Canesten Topical Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.