Generic name: clotrimazole topical [ kloe-TRIM-a-zole ]
Brand names: Anti-Fungal Liquid, FungiCURE Pump Spray, Lotrimin AF Cream, Lotrimin Jock Itch Powder, MPM Anti-Fungal, Prescription Strength Cruex
Dosage forms: topical cream (1%); topical powder (1%); topical solution (1%); topical spray (1%)
Drug classes: Topical antifungals, Vaginal anti-infectives
What is clotrimazole topical?
Clotrimazole topical is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.
Clotrimazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use clotrimazole topical if you are allergic to it.
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. Tell 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.
Do not take by mouth. Clotrimazole topical is for use only on the skin.
Wash your hands before and after using clotrimazole topical, 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 cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. Avoid using bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, or if your condition does not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.
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?
An overdose of clotrimazole topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using clotrimazole topical?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Avoid using other skin 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 signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Clotrimazole topical may cause serious side effects. Stop using clotrimazole topical and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe blistering of treated skin;
swelling, redness, or oozing; or
severe burning, itching, or other irritation.
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.
What other drugs will affect clotrimazole topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied clotrimazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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