This double strength* Clotrimazole cream provides soothing relief from external itching in the vulva area. It should not be used alone, as external creams do not treat the cause of the infection. Vaginal Thrush should be treated both internally and externally. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a treatment for this.
The cream can also be used for treating your sexual partner to prevent reinfection.
*Double strength compared to Canesten 1% Cream.
External use only.
This cream relieves irritation of the vulva (vulvitis) which is caused by vaginal thrush (candidiasis).
Before using Canesten 2% Thrush Cream you should see you doctor if you are aged under 12 or over 60.
Before using Canesten 2% Thrush Cream, you should see you doctor if you are under 12 or over 60.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Canesten Thrush Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. If you are allergic, a reaction will occur soon after you have used the medicine. If you experience an allergic reaction or the redness, burning, pain, itching or swelling get worse, stop using this product and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
- Swallowing or breathing problems.
- Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
- Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint.
Rarely, immediately after you apply the cream you might experience:
- Mild burning or irritation.
If this is intolerable, stop treatment and see your doctor as soon as possible.
Very rarely, Canesten Thrush Cream may cause side effects which can be very similar to the symptoms of the infection. If any of these symptoms gets worse, stop treatment and see your doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms may include:
- Burning, pain or itching.
Other potential side effects that have been reported: Peeling skin, blisters, low blood pressure.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the pack leaflet.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This product should be stored in the original carton.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use Canesten Thrush Cream after the expiry date which is stated at one end of the carton and on the end of the tube of cream. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not use Canesten® Thrush Cream:
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients of Canesten Thrush Cream (see ingredients section).
Before using Canesten® Thrush Cream, you should see your doctor if:
- You are unsure whether you have thrush or this is the first time you have had these symptoms.
- You have had more than two infections of thrush in the last six months.
- You or your partner have ever had a sexually transmitted disease.
- You are aged under 12 or over 60.
- You have ever had an allergic reaction to Canesten or any other vaginal antifungal products.
- You have any of the following symptoms:
- Irregular vaginal bleeding.
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or a blood stained discharge.
- Ulcers, blisters or sores of the vagina or vulva.
- Lower abdominal pain.
- Back pain
- Redness, irritation or swelling associated with recent use of Canesten Thrush Cream.
- Shoulder pain
- Pain or difficulty in passing urine.
- Fever or chills.
- Feeling sick or vomiting.
- A foul smelling discharge from the vagina.
This is because Canesten Thrush Cream may not be the right treatment for you.
Important information about some of the ingredients:
This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin irritation (e.g. rash, itching or redness).
Avoid sexual intercourse while using this product, as the infection could be transferred to your partner. As with other creams, this product may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms.
Consequently, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.
Do not use tampons, spermicides or other vaginal products while using this product.
Avoid using this medicine during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are pregnant or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Thrush Cream. Breast-feeding should be discontinued during treatment with this medicine.
The active substance is clotrimazole at a strength of 2% w/w.
The other ingredients are benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldodecanol and purified water.