Clotrimazole topical Side Effects
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 29, 2020.
For the Consumer
Applies to clotrimazole topical: topical cream, topical solution
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, clotrimazole topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking clotrimazole topical:
- 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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