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CLOTRIMAZOLE 1% CREAM
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
CANESTEN CREAM 1%
CLOTRIMAZOLE 1% CREAM
Your medicine is marketed using either of the above names but will
be referred to as Canesten Cream throughout the following patient
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 Cream carefully to get the best results from
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not
If you have any unusual effects after using this product, tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
If Canesten Cream 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
Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the
end of the tube and press.
If the feet are infected, they should be washed and dried
thoroughly, especially between the toes, before applying the
Canesten Cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the
affected areas two or three times daily and rubbed in gently.
The duration of the treatment depends upon the type of
infection. Generally a minimum of two weeks is required,
although up to four weeks may be necessary.
If you have athlete’s foot, it may help to use an antifungal
dusting powder as well. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
3. HOW TO USE CANESTEN CREAM
IN THIS LEAFLET
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.
1. What is Canesten Cream and what is it used for?
Canesten Cream is for external use only:
2. Before you use Canesten Cream
Do not put the cream in your mouth or swallow it.
3. How to use Canesten Cream
If the cream is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor straight away
or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Canesten Cream
6. Further information
If you accidentally get cream in your eyes or mouth, wash
immediately with water and contact your doctor.
If you forget to use Canesten Cream:
1. WHAT IS CANESTEN CREAM AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Canesten Cream is used to treat fungal skin infections such as
ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It
is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the
end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush.
If you are unsure whether you (or your baby if treating nappy
rash) have one of these fungal skin infections, seek the advice
of your doctor or pharmacist.
The active substance in Canesten Cream is clotrimazole.
Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles and
is an antifungal agent which fights the cause of fungal skin
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
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
Do not share towels, bath mats, etc. with other people as you
could spread the infection to them.
Do not use Canesten Cream:
Always wash your hands after treating the infection to prevent it
If you have athlete’s foot:
If you (or your baby if treating nappy rash) are allergic
(hypersensitive) to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients,
including cetostearyl alcohol, of Canesten Cream.
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 spores.
To treat nail or scalp infections.
Change your footwear daily if possible.
2. BEFORE YOU USE CANESTEN CREAM
Important information about some of the ingredients:
This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local
skin irritation (e.g. rash, itching or redness).
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Canesten Cream can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
As with other creams, Canesten Cream may reduce the
effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or
diaphragms. Consequently, if you are using this cream on the vulva
or penis, you should use alternative precautions for at least five
days after using this product.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell your
doctor or midwife before using Canesten Cream. If you have
informed your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her instructions
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. If
you or your baby are allergic, a reaction will occur soon after you
start using it. If you or your baby experience an allergic reaction,
stop using Canesten 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:
Itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, irritation or
peeling of skin.
If you or your baby 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. HOW TO STORE CANESTEN CREAM
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton or tube
If your doctor tells you to stop using the cream, please take it
back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the cream if
your doctor tells you to. If the cream becomes discoloured or
shows any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the
advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
Do not store Canesten Cream above 25°C.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Canesten Cream contains
The active the active ingredient is clotrimazole 1%, in a white
Canesten Cream also contains the following: sorbitan stearate,
polysorbate 60, cetyl esters wax, cetostearyl alcohol, 2octyldodecanol, benzyl alcohol and purified water.
What Canesten Cream looks like and contents of the pack
Canesten Cream is available in white cream base. Canesten cream
is available as tubes of 20g.
Product Licence holder
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product
Licence holder: S&M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House,
Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.
This product is manufactured by
Phamap ABE, Athens, Greece.
Minerva Pharmaceutical AE, Athens, Greece.
Famar ABE, Athens, Greece
PL No: 19488/0040
Leaflet revision date: 21 December 2012
Canesten is a registered trade mark of Bayer AG, Germany.
S0040 LEAFLET Canesten 20121221
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency