Clotrimazole cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: clotrimazole (kloe-TRIM-uh-zole)
Brand Name: Examples include Lotrimin and Mycelex

Clotrimazole cream is used for:

Treating athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Clotrimazole cream is an antifungal agent. It kills sensitive fungi by binding to the fungal cell membrane and weakening it. This allows the cell contents to leak out and results in the death of the fungus.

Do NOT use clotrimazole cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in clotrimazole cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using clotrimazole cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with clotrimazole cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with clotrimazole cream. Because little, if any, of clotrimazole cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if clotrimazole cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use clotrimazole cream:

Use clotrimazole cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Clotrimazole cream is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Clean the affected area with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
  • Apply a thin layer of medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently. Do not cover unless directed to by your doctor.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using clotrimazole cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use clotrimazole cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of clotrimazole cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use clotrimazole cream.

Important safety information:

  • Clotrimazole cream is for external use only. If you get clotrimazole cream in your eyes, immediately flush them with cool tap water.
  • Be sure to use clotrimazole cream for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using clotrimazole cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if clotrimazole cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use clotrimazole cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of clotrimazole cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); reddening, blistering, peeling, itching, or burning of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Clotrimazole cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of clotrimazole cream:

Store clotrimazole cream at room temperature, 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep clotrimazole cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about clotrimazole cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clotrimazole cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take clotrimazole cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about clotrimazole cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clotrimazole cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using clotrimazole cream.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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