CANESTEN DUAL ACTION 1% W/W CREAM
Active substance(s): CLOTRIMAZOLE
Read all of this leaflet carefully because
it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription.
However, you still need to use Canesten Dual
Action 1% w/w Cream carefully to get the best
results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve.
• you have any unusual effects after using this
product, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
IN THIS LEAFLET
What is Canesten Dual Action Cream and what is
it used for?
2. Before you use Canesten Dual Action Cream
3. How to use Canesten Dual Action Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Canesten Dual Action Cream
6. Further information
1. HAT IS CANESTEN® DUAL
ACTION CREAM AND WHAT IS IT
Canesten Dual Action 1% w/w Cream is used to
treat athlete’s foot or jock itch.
If you are unsure whether you have one of these
fungal skin infections, seek the advice of your
doctor or pharmacist.
The active substance in Canesten Dual Action
Cream is clotrimazole. Clotrimazole belongs to a
group of medicines called imidazoles and is an
antifungal agent which fights the cause of fungal
2. EFORE YOU USE CANESTEN®
DUAL ACTION CREAM
Do not use Canesten Dual Action Cream:
• f you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients,
(listed in section 6) including cetostearyl
alcohol, of Canesten Dual Action Cream.
• To treat nail or scalp infections.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for
a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using
Canesten Dual Action Cream. If you have informed
your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her
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Important information about some of the
This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which
may cause local skin reactions (e.g. rash, itching or
3. OW TO USE CANESTEN®
DUAL ACTION CREAM
Follow these directions closely:
Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the
cap over the end of the tube and press.
• f the feet are infected, they should be washed
and dried thoroughly, especially between the
toes, before applying the cream.
Canesten Dual Action Cream should be applied
thinly and evenly to the affected areas two or
three times daily and rubbed in gently.
• strip of cream (1/2 cm long) is enough to treat
an area of about the size of the hand.
• he treatment should be continued for at least
one month to prevent re-infection.
• f 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
do not improve within 7 days, consult your doctor.
Canesten Dual Action Cream is for external
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
If you forget to use Canesten Dual Action
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:
• lthough the infected area will itch, try not to
scratch. Scratching will damage the surface of
the skin and cause the infection to spread further.
• eep the affected skin areas clean.
• ay particular attention to drying the skin, but
avoid excessive rubbing.
• o not share towels, bath mats, etc. with other
people as you could spread the infection to them.
• lways wash your hands after treating the
infection to prevent it from spreading.
If you have athlete’s foot:
• emember to dry the skin between the toes
• ash your socks, stockings and tights
thoroughly in hot water to remove any shed skin
or fungal spores.
• Change your footwear daily if possible.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Canesten Dual Action Cream
can cause side effects, although not everybody
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 Dual Action
Cream and tell your doctor straight away or contact
the Accident and Emergency Department of your
nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic reaction may
• 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:
• tching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort,
swelling, irritation, redness or peeling of skin.
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 or pharmacist immediately.
5. OW TO STORE CANESTEN® DUAL
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This product should be stored in the original carton.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Canesten Dual Action 1% w/w 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.
What Canesten Dual Action Cream looks like
and contents of the pack:
Canesten Dual Action Cream is available in tubes
containing 15g, 25g or 30g of white cream. Not all
pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Bayer plc, Consumer Care Division, Bayer House,
Strawberry Hill, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1JA, UK
Kern Pharma S.L.
Poligon Industrial Colon II, Calle Venus 72
08228 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain
Remember: If you have any doubts about using
Canesten Dual Action 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 (Tinea pedis)
and jock itch (Tinea cruris). They are caused by a
contagious fungus which thrives in warm, moist
environments. 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
Tell-tale signs of both athlete’s foot and jock itch
are that the skin becomes itchy, red and inflamed.
Sporty people or those who work in a warm, damp
environment, tend to be more likely to catch these
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
This leaflet was last revised in October 2013.
Canesten is a registered trademark of Bayer AG, Germany.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Canesten Dual Action Cream contains:
he active substance is clotrimazole at a
strength of 1% w/w.
he other ingredients are benzyl alcohol,
polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl
palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldodecanol
and purified water.
ee Section 2 ‘Do not use’ and ‘Important
information about some of the ingredients’
for cetostearyl alcohol advice.
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