Clotrimazole topical Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to clotrimazole topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical solution
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by clotrimazole topical. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking clotrimazole topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:
- Skin rash, hives, blistering, burning, itching, peeling, redness, stinging, swelling, or other sign of skin irritation not present before use of this medicine
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to clotrimazole topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical lotion, topical powder, topical solution, topical spray, vaginal cream with applicator, vaginal kit, vaginal tablet
Dermatologic side effects have included erythema, stinging, blistering, peeling, edema, itching, burning, and general skin irritation. Contact dermatitis, confirmed by patch testing, has been documented.[Ref]
Genitourinary system effects associated with intravaginal use have included burning, itching, cramping, pain, and bleeding. Vulvar lesions and rash have rarely been reported.[Ref]
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Not all side effects for clotrimazole topical may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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