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clotrimazole topical

Pronunciation

Generic Name: clotrimazole topical (kloe TRIM a zole)
Brand Name: Anti-Fungal Liquid, Desenex AF Prescription Strength, FungiCURE Pump Spray, Lotrimin AF Cream, Lotrimin AF For Her, Lotrimin AF Jock Itch, Lotrimin AF Solution, Lotrimin Jock Itch Powder, MPM Anti-Fungal, Prescription Strength Cruex

What is clotrimazole topical?

Clotrimazole topical is an antifungal antibiotic that fights infections caused by fungus.

Clotrimazole topical is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.

Clotrimazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about clotrimazole topical?

You should not use clotrimazole topical if you are allergic to it.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

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Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using clotrimazole topical?

You should not use clotrimazole topical if you are allergic to it.

FDA pregnancy category B. Clotrimazole topical is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether clotrimazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use clotrimazole topical?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication, unless you are using it to treat a hand infection.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the cream (usually twice daily) for 2 to 4 weeks.

Do not take this medication by mouth.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. If the infection does not clear up in 4 weeks, or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using clotrimazole topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with clotrimazole topical unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear clothing made of loose cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

Clotrimazole topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using clotrimazole topical and call your doctor at once if you have unusual or severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, swelling, or irritation of the skin.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Clotrimazole topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis:

Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris:

Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis:

Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Adult Dose for Cutaneous Candidiasis:

Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Versicolor:

Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Adult Dose for Vaginal Candidiasis:

Regimen 1: 100 mg (one 100 mg vaginal suppository) intravaginally once a day for 7 consecutive days alone or in combination with topical application of 1% clotrimazole cream to affected area two times daily for 7 consecutive days.

Regimen 2: 200 mg (one 200 mg vaginal suppository) intravaginally once a day for 3 consecutive days alone or in combination with topical application of 1% clotrimazole cream to affected area two times daily for 7 consecutive days.

Regimen 3: 500 mg (one 500 mg vaginal suppository) intravaginally once.

Regimen 4: One applicatorful of 1% clotrimazole vaginal cream intravaginally once daily (preferably at bedtime) for 7 consecutive days.

Regimen 5: One applicatorful of 2% clotrimazole vaginal cream intravaginally once daily (preferably at bedtime) for 3 consecutive days.

Studies have shown the three and seven day courses of clotrimazole to be equally effective. Patient compliance may be increased with a three day course. Patients who fail to achieve a cure with a single 500 mg dose should be treated with a 3 or 7 day course of clotrimazole.

Weekly or monthly clotrimazole vaginal suppositories appear to be effective topical regimens for chronic suppressive therapy in female patients with HIV.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Corporis:

> 3 years: Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Cruris:

> 3 years: Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis:

> 3 years: Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Cutaneous Candidiasis:

> 3 years: Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Versicolor:

> 3 years: Apply clotrimazole topical in a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area and immediately surrounding skin twice a day for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Vaginal Candidiasis:

> 12 years: Regimen 1: 100 mg (one 100 mg vaginal suppository) intravaginally once a day for 7 consecutive days alone or in combination with topical application of 1% clotrimazole cream to affected area two times daily for 7 consecutive days.

Regimen 2: 200 mg (one 200 mg vaginal suppository) intravaginally once a day for 3 consecutive days alone or in combination with topical application of 1% clotrimazole cream to affected area two times daily for 7 consecutive days.

Regimen 3: 500 mg (one 500 mg vaginal suppository) intravaginally once.

Regimen 4: One applicatorful of 1% clotrimazole vaginal cream intravaginally once daily (preferably at bedtime) for 7 consecutive days.

Studies have shown the three and seven day courses of clotrimazole to be equally effective. Patient compliance may be increased with a three day course. Patients who fail to achieve a cure with a single 500 mg dose should be treated with a 3 or 7 day course of clotrimazole.

Weekly or monthly clotrimazole vaginal suppositories appear to be effective topical regimens for chronic suppressive therapy in female patients with HIV.

What other drugs will affect clotrimazole topical?

There may be other drugs that can interact with clotrimazole topical. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about clotrimazole topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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