CANESTEN VAGINAL PESSARY 100MG
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
HOW TO USE CANESTEN VAGINAL PESSARY
If Canesten Vaginal Pessary 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
CANESTEN® VAGINAL PESSARY 100MG
The applicator should be used to insert the pessary as high as possible into the vagina,
preferably before going to sleep on six consecutive nights for convenient and comfortable
treatment. Alternatively, two pessaries may be inserted into the vagina before going to sleep on
three consecutive nights.
Your medicine is available using the name Canesten Vaginal Pessary 100mg but will be referred
to as Canesten Vaginal Pessary throughout this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
Wash your hands before removing the foil from the blister pack and again afterwards when you
have used the applicator.
1. Remove the applicator from the packaging. Pull out the plunger A until it stops. Remove the
pessary from the foil blister pack and place firmly into the applicator B.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Canesten Vaginal
Pessary 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 in 7 days.
• If you have any unusual effects after using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
IN THIS LEAFLET
What is Canesten Vaginal Pessary and what is it used for?
Before you use Canesten Vaginal Pessary
How to use Canesten Vaginal Pessary
Possible side effects
How to store Canesten Vaginal Pessary
WHAT IS CANESTEN VAGINAL PESSARY AND WHAT IS IT USED
2. To fit the pessary into the applicator, the holder of the applicator needs to be squeezed
lightly at both sides. The pessary fits tightly into the applicator and needs to be squeezed
into the holder to about 1cm.
Canesten Vaginal Pessary is indicated for the treatment of vaginal thrush. It is inserted into the
vagina for treatment at the site of infection.
Only use this product if you have been previously diagnosed by your doctor as having
The active substance in Canesten Vaginal Pessary is clotrimazole.
Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called azoles and is an antifungal agent which
fights the cause of infections such as vaginal thrush.
BEFORE YOU USE CANESTEN VAGINAL PESSARY
Do not use Canesten Vaginal Pessary:
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients of Canesten
Vaginal Pessary (see Section 6. Further Information).
During your period as it may be less effective.
Before using Canesten Vaginal Pessary, you should see your doctor if:
You are unsure whether you have thrush or this is the first time you have had these
• You have had more than two infections of thrush in the last six months.
• You or your partner have ever had a sexually transmitted disease.
• You are aged under 16 or over 60.
• You have ever had an allergic reaction to Canesten or any other vaginal antifungal products.
• You have any of the following symptoms:
Irregular vaginal bleeding.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding or a blood-stained discharge.
Ulcers, blisters or sores of the vagina or vulva.
Lower abdominal pain.
Pain or difficulty in passing urine.
Fever or chills.
Feeling sick or vomiting.
A foul smelling discharge from the vagina.
This is because Canesten Vaginal Pessary may not be the right treatment for you.
3. Carefully put the applicator as deep as is comfortable into the vagina (this is easiest when
lying on your back with your knees bent up). Holding the applicator in place, slowly press
the plunger until it stops so that the pessary is deposited into the vagina.
As with other pessaries, this product may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives,
such as condoms or diaphragms. Consequently, you should use alternative precautions for at
least five days after using this product.
4. Remove the applicator. After use, remove plunger A completely by pulling it out of the
applicator B. Then wash it in warm (not boiling) soapy water, rinse and dry carefully.
5. After completing the treatment, dispose of the applicator in a safe place, out of the reach of
children. The applicator cannot be flushed down the toilet.
Do not use tampons, intravaginal douches, spermicides or other vaginal products while using
Since the pessary dissolves in the vagina, it may be helpful to wear a panty liner because it is
quite common to notice a white chalky residue after using the pessary. This does not mean that
the treatment has not worked. However, if you notice pieces of undissolved pessary, speak to
your doctor or a pharmacist, as the treatment may not have worked properly.
Avoid vaginal intercourse while you have thrush and during use of this product because your
partner could become infected.
Using other medicines:
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
The symptoms of thrush should disappear within three days of treatment. If no improvement is
seen after seven days you must tell your doctor. If the infection returns after seven days you
may use one further treatment, but if you have more than two infections within six months you
should see your doctor.
Inform your doctor if you are taking tacrolimus or sirolimus (used to reduce the immune
response to prevent rejection after an organ transplant).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
Canesten Vaginal Pessary is for use in the vagina only:
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using
Canesten Vaginal Pessary. If you have informed your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her
Do not put the pessary in your mouth or swallow it.
If the pessary is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident
and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.
To treat internal thrush, your doctor may recommend that you use the pessary without the help
of an applicator.
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If you forget to use Canesten Vaginal Pessary:
Further information about vaginal thrush:
Canesten Vaginal Pessary should be used for six consecutive nights if one pessary is used, or
three consecutive nights if two pessaries are used. However, if you forget to insert a pessary,
follow the advice given below:
Vaginal thrush (candidiasis) is a common infection that most women suffer from at some time in
their lives and is not caused by lack of personal hygiene.
Thrush is caused by a yeast (fungus) called Candida which lives harmlessly in the vagina and
other parts of the body, without you even noticing it. However, the natural balance that keeps
Candida under control can be upset by many factors such as hormonal changes (menstruation,
contraceptive pill, pregnancy, menopause), poor health, antibiotics, perfumed soaps, bath
additives and tight clothing.
When you remember, continue with your course of treatment. If you have forgotten for more
than one day, your infection may not be fully treated, so if symptoms persist upon completion
of this course, see your doctor.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
If the natural pH balance is altered, the level of yeast increases and can develop into a thrush
infection causing any of the following symptoms: persistent burning and/or itching around the
vagina and vulva, redness, swelling and soreness of the tissues of the vagina and vulva and a
whitish, odourless discharge from the vagina. Not everybody who has thrush has all these
symptoms; you may have only one of them.
Like all medicines, Canesten Vaginal Pessary can cause side effects, although not everybody
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the pessary. If you are allergic, a reaction
will occur soon after you have used the medicine.
How to avoid future recurrences:
If you experience an allergic reaction or the redness, burning, pain, itching or swelling get
worse, stop using this product 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 use the pessary you might experience:
• Itching, rash, swelling, redness, discomfort, burning, irritation, vaginal peeling or bleeding.
• Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area.
If you experience any of the above effects, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you are still worried or have any questions about the symptoms or the treatment of thrush,
do not hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
For UK residents only: if you have any questions or would like more information, call Canesten
Advice Line on 0845 758 5030. Calls charged at local rate.
Reporting of side effects
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: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
HOW TO STORE CANESTEN VAGINAL PESSARY
Leave your vaginal Pessary in the foil.
Do not store above 30°C.
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not use after the expiry date which is printed on one end of the carton and on the foil blister
strip. Wherever you see ‘EXP’ this means ‘expiry date’. For example 12/99 means that your
vaginal Pessary must not be used after December 1999. If you find that you still have this
medicine after its expiry date, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it properly.
If your doctor tells you to stop using the vaginal Pessary, please take them back to the
pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the vaginal Pessary if your doctor tells you to.
If the vaginal Pessary becomes discoloured or shows signs of any deterioration, you should seek
the advice of your pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
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
What Canesten Vaginal Pessary contains:
Your medicine is called Canesten Vaginal Pessary 100mg. Each pessary contains 100mg of
the active ingredient clotrimazole.
Canesten Vaginal Pessary also contain: Lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, lactic acid,
maize starch, crospovidone, calcium lactate, magnesium stearate, silica colloidal anhydrous
What Canesten Vaginal Pessary looks like and contents of the pack:
There are 6 vaginal pessaries and an applicator in a box.
This product is manufactured by: Bayer Healthcare AG., D-51368 Leverkusen, Germany.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd.,
Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: Pharmaceutical Identity Ltd., 6 Kirk Sandall Industrial Estate,
Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
PL No: 12998/0047
Wear cotton knickers and loose clothing.
After going to the toilet, wipe yourself from the front to back as a thrush infection may be
transferred from the bowel.
Change your sanitary protection regularly.
Try to avoid wearing tights, nylon knickers and close fitting jeans.
Try to avoid washing with perfumed soaps or using vaginal deodorants.
Do not wash or rub yourself hard with sponges or flannels and avoid hot baths with strong
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.): 04.02.16
Canesten® is a registered trademark of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft.
Remember: If you have any doubts about using Canesten Vaginal Pessary correctly,
seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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