What is this medication?
Clotrimazole (Topical), Canestan/Lotrimin/Alevazol/Desenex
Topical Antifungal; Imidazole Derivative
Clotrimazole (Topical), Canestan/Lotrimin/Alevazol/Desenex is indicated for various fungal skin infections and vaginal yeast infections depending on the formulation used.
How does this medication work?
Clotrimazole (Topical), Canestan/Lotrimin/Alevazol/Desenex alters cell wall permeability of susceptible fungi by binding to phospholipids on the fungal cell membrane resulting in loss of intracellular content.
How should I take this medication?
Apply to affected area(s) once or twice daily depending on condition and formulation.
How to Take Clotrimazole (Topical), Canestan/Lotrimin/Alevazol/Desenex: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, apply consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, store at room temperature.
You Need to Avoid: Do not self-select for vaginal yeast infection if you have never had a previous infection diagnosed by a physician as many conditions will have similar symptoms. Avoid applying other topicals at the same time unless otherwise directed to avoid dilution of product. Only for external use unless specified for vaginal use.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting use of Clotrimazole (Topical), Canestan/Lotrimin/Alevazol/Desenex make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light, heat, and moisture. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Burning, stinging, and itching of application site (uncommon and generally mild reactions)
Note this is not a complete list of side effects.
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