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Dosage Form: topical solution

Clotrimazole Description

Clotrimazole, USP is a synthetic antifungal agent having the chemical name [1 (o-Chloro-α,α-diphenylbenzyl)imidazole]. It has the following structural formula:

C22H17ClN2 M.W. 344.84

Clotrimazole is an odorless, white crystalline substance. It is practically insoluble in water, sparingly soluble in ether and very soluble in polyethylene glycol 400, ethanol and chloroform.

Each mL of Clotrimazole topical solution contains 10 mg Clotrimazole, USP in a nonaqueous vehicle of polyethylene glycol 400.

Clotrimazole - Clinical Pharmacology

Clotrimazole is a broad spectrum antifungal agent that is used for the treatment of dermal infections caused by various species of pathogenic dermatophytes, yeasts, and Malassezia furfur. The primary action of Clotrimazole is against dividing and growing organisms.

In vitro, Clotrimazole exhibits fungistatic and fungicidal activity against isolates of Trichophytonrubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Epidermophyton floccosum, Microsporum canis, and Candida species, including Candida albicans.

In general, the in vitro activity of Clotrimazole corresponds to that of tolnaftate and griseofulvin against the mycelia of dermatophytes (Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton), and to that of the polyenes (amphotericin B and nystatin) against budding fungi (Candida). Using an in vivo (mouse) and an in vitro (mouse kidney homogenate) testing system, Clotrimazole and miconazole were equally effective in preventing the growth of the pseudomycelia and mycelia of Candida albicans.

Strains of fungi having a natural resistance to Clotrimazole are rare. Only a single isolate of Candida guilliermondi has been reported to have primary resistance to Clotrimazole.

No single step or multiple step resistance to Clotrimazole has developed during successive passages of Candida albicans and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. No appreciable change in sensitivity was detected after successive passages of isolates of C. albicans, C. krusei, or C. pseudotropicalis in liquid or solid media containing Clotrimazole. Also, resistance could not be developed in chemically induced mutant strains of polyene resistant isolates of C. albicans. Slight, reversible resistance was noted in three isolates of C. albicans tested by one investigator. There is a single report that records the clinical emergence of a C. albicans strain with considerable resistance to flucytosine and miconazole, and with cross resistance to Clotrimazole; the strain remained sensitive to nystatin and amphotericin B.

In studies of the mechanism of action, the minimum fungicidal concentration of Clotrimazole caused leakage of intracellular phosphorus compounds into the ambient medium with concomitant breakdown of cellular nucleic acids and accelerated potassium efflux. Both these events began rapidly and extensively after addition of the drug.

Clotrimazole appears to be well absorbed in humans following oral administration and is eliminated mainly as inactive metabolites. Following topical and vaginal administration, however, Clotrimazole appears to be minimally absorbed.

Six hours after the application of radioactive Clotrimazole 1% cream and 1% solution onto intact and acutely inflamed skin, the concentration of Clotrimazole varied from 100 mcg/cm3 in the stratum corneum to 0.5 to 1 mcg/cm3 in the stratum reticulare, and 0.1 mcg/cm3 in the subcutis. No measurable amount of radioactivity (< 0.001 mcg/mL) was found in the serum within 48 hours after application under occlusive dressing of 0.5 mL of the solution or 0.8 g of the cream. Only 0.5% or less of the applied radioactivity was excreted in the urine.

Following intravaginal administration of 100 mg 14C-Clotrimazole vaginal tablets to nine adult females, an average peak serum level, corresponding to only 0.03 mcg equivalents/mL of Clotrimazole, was reached one to two days after application. After intravaginal administration of 5 g of 1% 14C-Clotrimazole vaginal cream, containing 50 mg active drug, to five subjects (one with candidal colpitis), serum levels corresponding to approximately 0.01 mcg equivalents/mL were reached between 8 and 24 hours after application.

Indications and Usage for Clotrimazole

Clotrimazole topical solution is indicated for the topical treatment of candidiasis due to Candida Albicans and tinea versicolor due to Malassezia furfur.

Clotrimazole is also available as a nonprescription item which is indicated for the topical treatment of the following dermal infections: tinea pedis, tinea cruris, and tinea corporis due to Trichophytonrubrum, Trichophytonmentagrophytes, Epidermophytonfloccosum, and Microsporumcanis.


Clotrimazole topical solution is contraindicated in individuals who have shown hypersensitivity to any of their components.


Clotrimazole topical solution is not for ophthalmic use.



If irritation or sensitivity develops with the use of Clotrimazole, treatment should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

Information for Patients

This information is intended to aid in the safe and effective use of this medication. It is not a disclosure of all possible adverse or intended effects.

The patient should be advised to:

Use the medication for the full treatment time even though the symptoms may have improved. Notify the physician if there is no improvement after four weeks of treatment.
Inform the physician if the area of application shows signs of increased irritation (redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, oozing) indicative of possible sensitization.
Avoid the use of occlusive wrappings or dressings.
Avoid sources of infection or reinfection.

Laboratory Tests

If there is lack of response to Clotrimazole, appropriate microbiological studies should be repeated to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other pathogens before instituting another course of antimycotic therapy.

Drug Interactions

Synergism or antagonism between Clotrimazole and nystatin, or amphotericin B, or flucytosine against strains of C. albicans has not been reported.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

An 18 month oral dosing study with Clotrimazole in rats has not revealed any carcinogenic effect.

In tests for mutagenesis, chromosomes of the spermatophores of Chinese hamsters which have been exposed to Clotrimazole were examined for structural changes during the metaphase. Prior to testing, the hamsters had received five oral Clotrimazole doses of 100 mg/kg body weight. The results of this study showed that Clotrimazole had no mutagenic effect.

Usage in Pregnancy

Teratogenic Effects

Pregnancy category B

The disposition of 14C Clotrimazole has been studied in humans and animals. Clotrimazole is very poorly absorbed following dermal application or intravaginal administration to humans. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

In clinical trials, use of vaginally applied Clotrimazole in pregnant women in their second and third trimesters has not been associated with ill effects. There are, however, no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Studies in pregnant rats with intravaginal doses up to 100 mg/kg have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus due to Clotrimazole.

High oral doses of Clotrimazole in rats and mice ranging from 50 to 120 mg/kg resulted in embryotoxicity (possibly secondary to maternal toxicity), impairment of mating, decreased litter size and number of viable young and decreased pup survival to weaning. However, Clotrimazole was not teratogenic in mice, rabbits and rats at oral doses up to 200, 180 and 100 mg/kg, respectively. Oral absorption in the rat amounts to approximately 90% of the administered dose. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used only if clearly indicated during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Clotrimazole is used by a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have been established for Clotrimazole when used as indicated and in the recommended dosage.

Adverse Reactions

The following adverse reactions have been reported in connection with the use of Clotrimazole: erythema, stinging, blistering, peeling, edema, pruritus, urticaria, burning, and general irritation of the skin.


Acute overdosage with topical application of Clotrimazole is unlikely and would not be expected to lead to a life threatening situation.

Clotrimazole Dosage and Administration

Gently massage sufficient Clotrimazole topical solution into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day, in the morning and evening.

Clinical improvement, with relief of pruritus, usually occurs within the first week of treatment with Clotrimazole topical solution. If the patient shows no clinical improvement after four weeks of treatment with Clotrimazole topical solution, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

How is Clotrimazole Supplied

Clotrimazole Topical Solution, USP 1% is supplied in 10 mL (NDC 0093-0248-43) and 30 mL (NDC 0093-0248-31) plastic squeeze bottles.

Store at 20º to 25ºC (68º to 77ºF) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Manufactured In Canada By:
Ontario, Canada L5N 6L6
Manufactured For:
North Wales, PA 19454

Rev. H 12/2015

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Clotrimazole Topical Solution, USP 1% 30mL Carton Text

NDC 0093-0248-31

Topical Solution, USP


30 mL

(Not For Ophthalmic Use)

Rx only


Clotrimazole solution
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0093-0248
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Clotrimazole (Clotrimazole) Clotrimazole 10 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0093-0248-43 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC in 1 CARTON
1 10 mL in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
2 NDC:0093-0248-31 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC in 1 CARTON
2 30 mL in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA073306 07/10/1996 09/30/2017
Labeler - Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (001627975)
Revised: 01/2017
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.