Generic Name: clotrimazole (kloe-TRIM-uh-zole)
Brand Name: Mycelex
Clotrimazole troches are used for:
Treating or preventing fungal infections of the mouth and throat.
Clotrimazole troches are 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 troches if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in clotrimazole troches
- you are taking pimozide or an ergot alkaloid (eg, ergotamine)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using clotrimazole troches:
Some medical conditions may interact with clotrimazole troches. 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
- if you have liver disease
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with clotrimazole troches. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Ergot alkaloids (eg, ergotamine), imatinib, macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), or pimozide because the actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if clotrimazole troches 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 troches:
Use clotrimazole troches as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Allow clotrimazole troches to dissolve slowly in your mouth. Do not chew or swallow whole.
- To clear up your infection completely, use clotrimazole troches 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 troches, take 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 take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use clotrimazole troches.
Important safety information:
- Be sure to use clotrimazole troches 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.
- Lab tests, including liver function tests, may be performed while you use clotrimazole troches. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Clotrimazole troches should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 3 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using clotrimazole troches while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use clotrimazole troches, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of clotrimazole troches:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Itching; nausea; unpleasant mouth sensations; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
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.Proper storage of clotrimazole troches:
Store clotrimazole troches at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep clotrimazole troches out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about clotrimazole troches, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clotrimazole troches are 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 troches 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 troches. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clotrimazole troches. 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 troches.
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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