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2. Before you use Canesten Solution
3. How to use Canesten Solution
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Canesten Solution
6. Further information

Canesten Solution is used to treat fungal skin infections
such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal intertrigo and
fungal infections of the outer and middle ear.
If you are unsure whether you have one of these fungal
skin infections, seek the advice of your doctor or
The solution is particularly suitable for use on hairy skin.
The active substance in Canesten Solution is clotrimazole.
Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called
imidazoles and is an antifungal agent which fights the
cause of fungal skin and ear infections.


The symptoms of your 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® Solution is for external use only:
Do not put the solution in your mouth or swallow it.
If the solution is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor
straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency
Department of your nearest hospital.
If you accidentally get solution in your eyes or mouth,
wash immediately with water and contact your doctor.

If you forget to use Canesten® Solution:
Apply the solution 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:


Do not use Canesten Solution:

If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clotrimazole
or the other ingredient of Canesten Solution,
macrogol 400.

Using other medicines:
Canesten Solution and Sofradex drops may cause a heat
reaction when used together. Consult your doctor before
using these products together in the ear.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell
your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Solution.

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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

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If you have any unusual effects after using this product,
tell your doctor or pharmacist.



You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or
do not improve.


If Canesten Solution has been prescribed for you by your
doctor, follow any instructions he/she may have given you.
If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow
these directions closely:
• If the feet are infected, they should be washed and
dried thoroughly, especially between the toes, before
applying the solution.
• For skin infections, Canesten Solution should be
applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas two or
three times daily.
• A few drops are enough to treat an area of about the
size of the hand.
• For ear infections, put 2 - 3 drops of Canesten Solution
in the ear two or three times daily.
• The treatment should be continued for at least two
weeks after the disappearance of all signs of infection,
to prevent re-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.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or

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This medicine is available without prescription. However,
you still need to use Canesten Solution carefully to get the
best results from it.

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If you have informed your doctor or midwife already,
follow his/her instructions carefully.

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Read all of this leaflet carefully because it
contains important information for you.

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Clotrimazole 1% w/v

Canesten is a registered trademark of Bayer AG, Germany.

What Canesten® Solution contains:

The active substance is clotrimazole at a strength of
1% w/v.
The other ingredient is macrogol 400.

What Canesten® Solution looks like and contents
of the pack:
Canesten Solution is available in dropper bottles containing
20ml of colourless solution.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Bayer plc, Consumer Care Division, Bayer House,
Strawberry Hill, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1JA, UK

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This leaflet was last revised in May 2015


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This product should be stored in the original carton.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Canesten Solution after the expiry date which
is stated at one end of the carton and on the label of the
bottle. 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.


Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

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If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

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 wormlike 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.

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Reporting of side effects

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 of skinfolds
There are two main types of fungal infection:
• The tinea group, also known as dermatophytes.
• The candida group, also known as yeasts.


After you apply the solution you might experience:
• Itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling,
irritation, redness or peeling of skin.

Further information about fungal infections:

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Like all medicines, Canesten Solution can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the
solution. If you are allergic, a reaction will occur soon after
you start using it. If you experience an allergic reaction,
stop using Canesten Solution and tell your doctor straight
away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department
of your nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic reaction may
• Rash.
• Swallowing or breathing problems.
• Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
• Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint.
• Nausea.

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Remember: If you have any doubts about using Canesten®
Solution correctly, seek the advice of your doctor or




Wash your socks, stockings and tights thoroughly in
hot water to remove any shed skin or fungal spores.
Change your footwear daily if possible.

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