Canesten

Canesten

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Canesten (clotrimazole) is an over-the-counter and prescription medication to treat yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, and skin. This medicine can also be used to prevent oral thrush (yeast infection in mouth) in patients with certain diseases.

This over-the-counter medicine can be used for yeast infections of the skin and vagina. You have to get a prescription if you want to treat fungal infections of the mouth and skin.

Canesten belongs to a class of antifungal drugs that work by inhibiting the growth of fungi that cause infection. It is available in topical solutions, topical creams, and lozenges. The frequency of Canesten use will depend on the indications for use.

Canesten Dosage Considerations

The following is the recommended dosage of Canesten based on various conditions. 

Condition: Tinea Corporis

  • Dosage for adults: Apply an adequate amount of topical Canesten on the affected area twice a day for four weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Dosage for children >3 years: Apply twice a day for four weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.

Condition: Tinea Cruris

  • Dosage for adults: Apply an adequate amount of topical Canesten on the affected area twice a day for two weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Dosage for children >3 years: Apply twice a day for two weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.

Condition: Tinea Pedis

  • Dosage for adults: Apply an adequate amount of topical Canesten on the affected area twice a day for four to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Dosage for children >3 years: Apply twice a day for four to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.

Condition: Cutaneous Candidiasis

  • Dosage for adults: Apply an adequate amount of topical Canesten on and around the affected area twice a day for two to four weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Dosage for children >3 years: Apply twice a day for two to four weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.

Condition: Tinea Versicolor

  • Dosage for adults: Apply an adequate amount of topical Canesten on and around the affected area twice a day for two to four weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Dosage for children >3 years: Apply twice a day for two to four weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.

Condition: Vaginal Candidiasis

Dosage for adults:

  • Phase 1: insert 100 mg (one 100 mg vaginal tablet) intravaginally, daily for 7 days or combined with topical clotrimazole 1% cream to the affected area twice daily for 7 days.
  • Phase 2: insert 200 mg (one 200 mg vaginal tablet) intravaginally, once daily for 3 days or combined with topical clotrimazole 1% cream to the affected area twice daily for 7 days.
  • Phase 3: insert 500 mg (one 500 mg vaginal tablet) intravaginally once a day. 
  • Phase 4: Use one applicator full of clotrimazole 1% vaginal cream intravaginally once daily for 7 days.
  • Phase 5: Use one applicator of clotrimazole 2% vaginal cream intravaginally once daily for 3 days.

Guidelines for Canesten

Below are ways of how Canesten should be used: 

  • Read the instructions for using the medicine listed on the package product or as exactly directed by your doctor. .
  • Use the medication with the prescribed dose, as each medical condition requires a different dose.
  • Wash your hands before applying any topical creams or solutions on the affected areas of the skin.
  • Apply an adequate amount of topical Canesten on the affected areas.
  • Take lozenges as recommended.
  • Do not use expired drugs. 

What is Canesten Used For

Indications for topical creams and solutions

Clotrimazole is available as a topical cream and solution. You can apply it to the affected skin twice a day, in the morning and evening. It can help treat fungal infections of the skin.

Indications for Lozenges

Clotrimazole is available in a lozenge and can be consumed up to 5 times a day for the treatment of fungal infections of the mouth. You may be recommended to take 3 lozenges a day to prevent yeast infection of the mouth.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. When it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Do not use two doses of clotrimazole at the same time.

Contraindications for Canesten

Do not use Canesten if you have an allergy to any medicine that contains clotrimazole or any of its ingredients.

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include swelling, rashes, and itching. 

Do not use this medication if it expires or if the packaging is damaged – be sure to dispose of it instead. 

If you are not sure if you should start using this medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Canesten Drug Interactions

No drug interactions have been reported. However, you should inform your doctor about your current medications, including prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. 

Warnings

The following are some precautions before using Canesten:

  • Be aware of serious side effects of topical Canesten, such as local irritation at the site of application, burning sensation, hives, redness skin, fever, and swelling. 
  • Watch out for clotrimazole side effects in Canesten lozenges, such as nausea, vomiting, uncomfortable mouth sensations, and itchy mouth.
  • Do not use clotrimazole if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
  • This medication may interact with certain types of food. In some cases,  it may be dangerous and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain types of foods. In the case of clotrimazole, there are no special foods that you should avoid when using this drug.

List of Canesten Side Effects

Common side effects of clotrimazole lozenges include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Itchy mouth
  • Uncomfortable mouth sensation

There are other Canesten side effects that you should also be aware of. Common side effects of topical clotrimazole creams and solutions include the following:

  • Itchy rash
  • Swelling
  • Burning sensation
  • Red rash
  • Certain disturbances

This is not a complete list of clotrimazole side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Tell your doctor right away if you have side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

Book an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist through Smarter Health to find out the right dose and level of safety before you or your child use Canesten. 

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