Canesten V Cream

Canesten V Cream





Zuellig Pharma
Full Prescribing Info
The active substance in Canesten V Cream 1% w/w is clotrimazole. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles.
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Sorbitan strearate, polysorbate 60, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldodecanol, benzyl alcohol and purified water.
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: The primary mechanism of action of clotrimazole is against the division and growing of fungi. Clotrimazole alters the permeability of the fungal cells wall and inhibits the activity of enzymes within the cell. It specifically inhibits the biosynthesis of ergosterol required for cell membrane production.
Canesten V Cream 1% w/w is used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or irritation of the end of the penis associated with thrush.
Dosage/Direction for Use
How Much to Use: Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press. Canesten V Cream 1% w/w should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected  areas two or three times daily and rubbed in gently. A strip of cream (½ cm long) is enough to treat an area of about the size of the hand. The symptoms of the 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 the physician.
Patients should notify their physician if there is no improvement after 4 weeks of treatment.
When to Use It: It can be applied anytime of the day.
How Long to Use It: 1-2 weeks.
If the Patient Forget to Use It: Apply the cream as soon as possible and then continue the rest of the treatment as usual.
No reports are available on cases of overdose with Canesten V Cream 1% w/w. There is no specific antidote. Topical clotrimazole is intended for cutaneous use only.
In the case of cutaneous overdose patients should be managed by symptomatic care; patients should wash off the product with water and cleanser, discontinue use, and see the physician so appropriate therapy can be implemented as needed. In the case of ingestion of an overdose, patients should see the physician and be managed by symptomatic and supportive care.
Allergic (hypersensitive) to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients, including cetostearyl alcohol.
Special Precautions
Canesten V Cream 1% w/w is for external use only: Do not put the cream in the mouth or swallow it.
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.
This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin irritation (eg, rash, itching or redness).
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
If the patient is pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell the physician or midwife before using Canesten V Cream 1% w/w. If the patient have informed the physician or midwife already, follow the instructions carefully.
As a precautionary measure, it is preferable to avoid the use of clotrimazole  during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Breastfeeding should be discontinued during treatment with clotrimazole. As with other creams, Canesten V Cream 1% w/w may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms. Consequently, if the patient is using the cream on the vulva or penis, the patient should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using the product.
Side Effects
Like all medicines, Canesten V Cream 1% w/w can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. If the patient is allergic, a reaction will occur soon after the patient start using it. If the patient experience an allergic reaction, stop using Canesten V Cream 1% w/w.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include: Rash; swallowing or breathing problems; swelling of lips, face throat or tongue; weakness, feeling dizzy or faint; nausea; discomfort/pain.
After applying the cream, the patient might experience: Itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, irritation or peeling of skin.
If the patient experience any of the previously mentioned effects or react badly to the cream in any other way not listed, tell the physician or pharmacist immediately.
The patient may report any side effects or adverse drug reactions directly to the National Centre for Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring or by visiting the website
Drug Interactions
Taking Other Medicines: Not known.
Caution For Usage
Self-Help Tips: 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 it could spread the infection.
Always wash the hands after treating the infection to prevent it from spreading.
Disposal: Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask the pharmacist on how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
Store below 30°C.
MIMS Class
Topical Antifungals & Antiparasites
ATC Classification
D01AC01 - clotrimazole ; Belongs to the class of imidazole and triazole derivatives. Used in the topical treatment of fungal infection.
Cream (white, smooth) 1% w/w x 10 g.
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