CANESTEN BIFONAZOLE CREAM
Active substance(s): BIFONAZOLE
Bifonazole 1% w/w
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not give it to anyone else under any circumstances.
• If you have any unusual effects after using this product, tell your doctor.
IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What is Canesten Bifonazole Cream and what is it used for?
2. Before you use Canesten Bifonazole Cream
3. How to use Canesten Bifonazole Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Canesten Bifonazole Cream
6. Further information
1. WHAT IS CANESTEN® BIFONAZOLE CREAM AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Canesten Bifonazole Cream is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot and
fungal sweat rash.
The active substance in Canesten Bifonazole Cream is bifonazole. Bifonazole belongs to a group of
medicines called imidazoles and is an antifungal agent which fights the cause of fungal skin
2. BEFORE YOU USE CANESTEN® BIFONAZOLE CREAM
Do not use Canesten® Bifonazole Cream:
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to bifonazole or any of the other ingredients of Canesten
Bifonazole Cream (see section 6, Further Information).
• To treat nappy rash. If your baby has nappy rash, seek your doctor’s advice for a suitable treatment.
Before using Canesten® Bifonazole Cream, see your doctor if:
• You have ever had an allergic reaction to any antifungal product.
Important information about some of the ingredients:
This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin irritation (e.g. rash, itching or
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
Do not use Canesten Bifonazole Cream if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
3. HOW TO USE CANESTEN® BIFONAZOLE CREAM
Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, follow these directions closely:
• Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press.
• Before applying the cream, the infected skin should be washed and dried thoroughly, especially
between the toes if the feet are infected.
• The cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas once daily, preferably at night
before going to bed, and rubbed in gently.
• Treatment should be continued for 2-3 weeks, depending on the type of infection.
• If you have athlete’s foot, it may help to use an antifungal dusting powder as well. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist to recommend one.
The symptoms of skin infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of
treatment although signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear. If symptoms
persist, consult your doctor.
Canesten® Bifonazole Cream is for external use only:
Do not put the cream in your mouth or swallow it.
If the cream is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and
Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.
If you accidentally get cream in your eyes or mouth, wash immediately with water and contact your
If you forget to use Canesten® Bifonazole Cream:
Apply the cream as soon as possible and then continue the rest of your treatment as usual.
You can help the treatment to work if you follow these simple self-help tips:
• Although the infected area will itch, try not to scratch. Scratching will damage the surface of the
skin and cause the infection to spread further.
• Keep the affected skin areas clean.
• Pay particular attention to drying the skin, but avoid excessive rubbing.
• Do not share towels, bath mats, etc. with other people as you could spread the infection to them.
• Always wash your hands after treating the infection to prevent it from spreading.
If you have athlete’s foot:
• Remember to dry the skin between the toes thoroughly.
• Wash your socks, stockings and tights thoroughly in hot water to remove any shed skin or fungal
• Change your footwear daily if possible.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Canesten Bifonazole Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. If you are allergic, a reaction
will occur soon after you start using it. If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using Canesten
Bifonazole Cream and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency
Department of your nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
• Swallowing or breathing problems.
• Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
• Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint.
After you apply the cream, you might experience the following symptoms:
• Slight irritation or burning.
• Reddening of the skin.
If this is intolerable, stop treatment and see your doctor as soon as possible.
Canesten Bifonazole Cream may cause a local skin irritation which can be very similar to the
symptoms of the infection. If any of your symptoms gets worse, stop treatment and see your doctor as
soon as possible.
These symptoms may include:
• Burning, pain or itching.
If you experience any of the above effects or react badly to the cream in any other way not listed in
this leaflet, tell your doctor immediately.
5. HOW TO STORE CANESTEN® BIFONAZOLE CREAM
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This product should be stored in the original carton.
Do not use Canesten Bifonazole Cream after the expiry date which is stated at one end of the carton
and on the end of the tube of cream. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Canesten® Bifonazole Cream contains:
• The active substance is bifonazole at a strength of 1% w/w.
• The other ingredients are sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol,
2-octyldodecanol, benzyl alcohol, and purified water.
See Section 2 ‘Important information about some of the ingredients’ for cetostearyl alcohol advice.
What Canesten® Bifonazole Cream looks like and contents of the pack:
Canesten Bifonazole Cream is available in tubes containing 15g and 50g of white cream.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Bayer plc, 400 South Oak Way, Reading,
RG2 6AD, UK.
Kern Pharma S.L.,
Poligon Industrial Colon II, Calle Venus 72,
08228 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain.
Remember: This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not give it to anyone else under any
If you have any doubts about using Canesten® Bifonazole Cream correctly, seek the advice of your
doctor or pharmacist.
Further information about fungal infections:
Fungal infections are very common and affect many people. Some of the most common fungal skin
infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm and sweat rash. There are two main types of fungal
• The tinea group, also known as dermatophytes.
• The candida group, also known as yeasts.
The tinea group includes athlete’s foot and ringworm, both of which are easily spread by contact. The
fungus that causes athlete’s foot usually lives harmlessly on our skin and in our environment. The
natural balance that normally keeps it under control can be upset by factors such as damp moist
conditions. This could happen, for example, through regularly wearing training shoes that keep the
feet hot and sweaty. Since this fungus is contagious, it can also often be picked up in changing rooms.
Ringworm is usually passed on from animals to children. Ringworm is not actually a worm; its name
comes from the circular worm-like shape that it forms on the skin. The main symptom for both is an
itchy, scaly and irritating rash.
The candida group can be responsible for conditions such as sweat rash. Sweat rash can appear
anywhere on the body, but is more likely to occur where folds of skin rub against each other, such as:
under the breasts, under arms, around the groin and on the back. Candida is a yeast-like fungus that
usually lives harmlessly on our skin. However, the natural balance that normally keeps it under
control can be upset by factors such as sweating, tight or synthetic clothing and cosmetic preparations
such as bath additives. When levels of the yeast increase, the skin can develop the following
symptoms: persistent burning and itching, soreness and a variety of patches or blemishes as well as a
softened and soggy appearance.
For UK residents only: if you have any questions or would like more information, call our Canesten
Advice Line on 0845 758 5030. Calls charged at local rate.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2017.
Canesten is a registered trademark of Bayer AG,Germany.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency