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Canesten (vaginal)

Common Name
clotrimazole (vaginal)


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02264102 CANESTEN COMBI-PAK COMFORTAB 1
02230509 CANESTEN COMBI-PAK CREAM 1
02150883 CANESTEN CREAM 1
02239432 CANESTEN EXTERNAL CREAM REFILL
02150905 CANESTEN CREAM 3
02264099 CANESTEN COMBI-PAK COMFORTAB 3
02150891 CANESTEN CREAM 6
02150859 CANESTEN COMFORTAB 1 (500 MG VAGINAL TABLET)
02150840 CANESTEN COMFORTAB 3 (200 MG VAGINAL TABLET)
02311720 CANESTEN EXTERNAL CREAM 1 % EXTERNAL CREAM

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Clotrimazole belongs to the class of medications called antifungals. It is used to treat most vaginal yeast infections. Clotrimazole works by killing the overgrowth of yeast that is causing the infection.

The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection should start to improve within a few hours after starting this medication, but it may take as long as a week for the symptoms to go away completely.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

Clotrimazole vaginal cream or tablets should be inserted high into the vagina once daily (preferably at bedtime) using the applicators(s) provided for 1, 3, or 6 days, depending on the specific product being used. Insert the applicator gently and deeply into the vagina, then slowly depress the plunger to release the tablet or instil the cream. A thin layer of the topical cream or vaginal cream can be applied to the vaginal area for relief of external symptoms 1 to 2 times daily as needed, as long as symptoms persist, for up to 7 days.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

If undissolved pieces of the vaginal tablet are seen the next day, the tablet may not have been inserted deeply enough or it may not have dissolved completely. If this is the case, you may wish to consider switching to the vaginal cream to complete the treatment.

Treatment with clotrimazole should not continue while you are menstruating. Choose a form of this medication that will allow you to have completed your treatment before menstruation begins. Do not use tampons, douches, or vaginal spermicides while using clotrimazole.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor or recommended by your pharmacist. Continue to use this medication for as long as directed by your doctor or pharmacist, even if you start to feel better.

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature between 15°C and 30°C, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

Canesten 1 ComforTAB Combi-Pak
Each vaginal tablet contains clotrimazole 500 mg and each gram of external cream contains clotrimazole 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, calcium lactate, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, cornstarch, crospovidone, hypromellose, lactic acid, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, silicon dioxide, sorbitan monostearate, and water.

Canesten 1 Cream Combi-Pak
Each gram of vaginal cream contains clotrimazole 100 mg and each g of external cream contains clotrimazole 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, isopropyl myristate, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and water.

Canesten 1 Cream (10% clotrimazole)
Each gram contains clotrimazole 100 mg in a vanishing cream base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, isopropyl myristate, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and water.

Canesten 3 ComforTAB Combi-Pak
Each insert contains clotrimazole 200 mg and each gram of external cream contains clotrimazole 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: adipic acid, benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, polysorbate 80, silicon dioxide, sodium bicarbonate, sorbitan monostearate, stearic acid, and water.

Canesten Comfortab 1
Each vaginal tablet contains clotrimazole 500 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, lactic acid, crospovidone, calcium lactate, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose.

Canesten Comfortab 3
Each vaginal tablet contains clotrimazole 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, maize starch, adipic acid, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium stearate, stearic acid, colloidal silicon dioxide and polysorbate 80.

Canesten 3 Cream (2% clotrimazole)
Each gram contains clotrimazole 20 mg in a vanishing cream base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and water. 25 g of vaginal cream is sufficient for 3 intravaginal applications with additional cream for extravaginal use if required.

Canesten 6 Cream (1% clotrimazole)
Each gram contains clotrimazole 10 mg in a vanishing cream base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and water. 50 g of vaginal cream is sufficient for 6 intravaginal applications with additional cream for extravaginal use if required.

Canesten External Cream (1% clotrimazole)
Each gram contains clotrimazole 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and water.

Canesten External Cream Refill (1% clotrimazole)
Each gram contains clotrimazole 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl esters wax, octyldodecanol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and water.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any ingredients of the medication.



 

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