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CANESTEN ANTIFUNGAL CREAM

Active substance: CLOTRIMAZOLE

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Antifungal Cream
Clotrimazole 1% w/w
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains
important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However,
you still need to use Canesten Antifungal Cream carefully to
get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• 
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information
or advice.
• 
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or
do not improve.
•  you have any unusual effects after using this product,
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tell your doctor or pharmacist.

IN THIS LEAFLET
1. 
What is Canesten Antifungal Cream and
what is it used for?
2. Before you use Canesten Antifungal Cream
3. How to use Canesten Antifungal Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Canesten Antifungal Cream
6. Further information

1. WHAT IS CANESTEN® ANTIFUNGAL

CREAM AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Canesten Antifungal Cream is used to treat fungal skin
infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nappy
rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also be used to relieve
irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the
penis, which may be associated with thrush.
If you are unsure whether you (or your baby if treating
nappy rash) have one of these fungal skin infections, seek
the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
The active substance in Canesten Antifungal Cream is
clotrimazole. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines
called imidazoles and is an antifungal agent which fights
the cause of fungal skin infections.

2.  EFORE YOU USE CANESTEN®
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ANTIFUNGAL CREAM
Do not use Canesten® Antifungal Cream:
•  f you (or your baby if treating nappy rash) are allergic
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(hypersensitive) to clotrimazole or any of the other
ingredients, including cetostearyl alcohol, of Canesten
Antifungal Cream.

Important information about some of the
ingredients:

This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause
local skin irritation (e.g. rash, itching or redness).

Special precautions:

As with other creams, Canesten Antifungal Cream may
reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as
condoms or diaphragms. Consequently, if you are using
this cream on the vulva or penis, you should use alternative
precautions for at least five days after using this product.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:

If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell
your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Antifungal
Cream. If you have informed your doctor or midwife already,
follow his/her instructions carefully.

3. HOW TO USE CANESTEN®
ANTIFUNGAL CREAM
If Canesten Antifungal Cream has been prescribed for
you by your doctor, follow any instructions he/she may
have given you. If you purchased this product without a
prescription, follow these directions closely:
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Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap
over the end of the tube and press.
•  f the feet are infected, they should be washed and
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dried thoroughly, especially between the toes, before
applying the cream.
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Canesten Antifungal Cream should be applied thinly
and evenly to the affected areas two or three times
daily and rubbed in gently.
•  strip of cream ( 1/2 cm long) is enough to treat an area
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of about the size of the hand.
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The duration of the treatment depends upon the type
of infection. Generally a minimum of two weeks is
required, although up to four weeks may be necessary.
•  you have athlete’s foot, it may help to use an
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antifungal dusting powder as well. Ask your doctor or
pharmacist to recommend one.
The symptoms of skin infection, such as itching or soreness,
should improve within a few days of treatment although
signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to
disappear. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

Canesten® Antifungal Cream is for external use only:

Do not put the cream in your mouth or swallow it.
If the cream is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor straight
away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of
your nearest hospital.
If you accidentally get cream in your eyes or mouth, wash
immediately with water and contact your doctor.

If you forget to use Canesten® Antifungal Cream:

Apply the cream as soon as possible and then continue the
rest of your treatment as usual.

You can help the treatment to work if you follow
these simple self-help tips:
•  lthough the infected area will itch, try not to scratch.
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Scratching will damage the surface of the skin and
cause the infection to spread further.
• Keep the affected skin areas clean.
•  ay particular attention to drying the skin, but avoid
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excessive rubbing.
•  o not share towels, bath mats, etc. with other people
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as you could spread the infection to them.
•  lways wash your hands after treating the infection to
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prevent it from spreading.

If you have athlete’s foot:
• Remember to dry the skin between the toes thoroughly.
•  ash your socks, stockings and tights thoroughly in
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hot water to remove any shed skin or fungal spores.
• Change your footwear daily if possible.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Canesten Antifungal Cream can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the
cream. If you or your baby are allergic, a reaction will occur
soon after you start using it. If you or your baby experience
an allergic reaction, stop using Canesten Antifungal Cream
and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident
and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. Signs
of an allergic reaction may include:
• Rash.
• Swallowing or breathing problems.
• Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
• Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint.
• Nausea.
After you apply the cream you might experience:
•  tching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling,
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irritation, redness or peeling of skin.
If you or your baby experience any of the above effects or
react badly to the cream in any other way not listed in this
leaflet, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

5. HOW TO STORE CANESTEN®
ANTIFUNGAL CREAM
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This product should be stored in the original carton.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Canesten Antifungal 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.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Canesten® Antifungal Cream contains:
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The active substance is clotrimazole at a strength
of 1% w/w.
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The other ingredients are benzyl alcohol, polysorbate
60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl
alcohol, octyldodecanol and purified water.

See Section 2 ‘Do not use’ and ‘Important information
about some of the ingredients’ for cetostearyl alcohol
advice.

Further information about fungal infections:

Fungal infections are very common and affect many people.
Some of the most common fungal skin infections include
athlete’s foot, nappy rash, sweat rash and ringworm.
There are two main types of fungal infection:
• The tinea group, also known as dermatophytes.
• The candida group, also known as yeasts.
The tinea group includes athlete’s foot and ringworm, both
of which are easily spread by contact. The fungus that
causes athlete’s foot usually lives harmlessly on our skin
and in our environment. The natural balance that normally
keeps it under control can be upset by factors such as
damp moist conditions. This could happen, for example,
through regularly wearing training shoes that keep the feet
hot and sweaty. Since this fungus is contagious, it can also
often be picked up in changing rooms. Ringworm is usually
passed on from animals to children. Ringworm is not
actually a worm, its name comes from the circular wormlike shape that it forms on the skin. The main symptom for
both is an itchy, scaly and irritating rash.
The candida group can be responsible for conditions such
as sweat rash and thrush. Sweat rash can appear anywhere
on the body, but is more likely to occur where folds of
skin rub against each other, such as: under the breasts,
under arms, around the groin and on the back. Candida is a
yeast-like fungus that usually lives harmlessly on our skin.
However, the natural balance that normally keeps it under
control can be upset by factors such as sweating, tight or
synthetic clothing and cosmetic preparations such as bath
additives. When levels of the yeast increase, the skin can
develop the following symptoms: persistent burning and
itching, soreness and a variety of patches or blemishes as
well as a softened and soggy appearance.
The candida group can also be responsible for nappy rash.
Most babies develop nappy rash at some stage. Although
this is rarely a serious condition, the rash can be extremely
distressing for both you and your baby. Nappy rash which
lasts longer than three days may be fungal in origin and will
require an antifungal treatment. The symptoms of fungal
nappy rash include red patches on the baby’s bottom and
genitals, burning and itching.
For UK residents only: if you have any questions or would
like more information, call our Canesten Advice Line on
0845 758 5030. Calls charged at local rate.
This leaflet was last revised in October 2013.
Canesten is a registered trademark of Bayer AG, Germany.

What Canesten® Antifungal Cream looks like and
contents of the pack:

Canesten Antifungal Cream is available in tubes containing
20g of white cream.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:

Bayer plc, Consumer Care Division, Bayer House,
Strawberry Hill, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1JA, UK

Manufacturer:

Kern Pharma S.L.
Poligon Industrial Colon II, Calle Venus 72
08228 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
Remember: If you have any doubts about using Canesten®
Antifungal Cream correctly, seek the advice of your doctor
or pharmacist.

Bayer

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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