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Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream Side Effects

Generic name: clotrimazole topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 23, 2024.

Note: This document contains side effect information about clotrimazole topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream.

Applies to clotrimazole topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical solution.

Serious side effects

Along with its needed effects, clotrimazole topical (the active ingredient contained in Lotrimin AF Ringworm Cream) 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:

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]

Frequently asked questions


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Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.