clotrimazole topical (generic name)

Clotrimazole-3 (brand name)

It is used to treat yeast infections of the vagina
(kloe TRIM a zole)
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What is this medicine?

CLOTRIMAZOLE (kloe TRIM a zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat yeast infections of the vagina.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • frequent infections
  • immune system problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to clotrimazole, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the vagina. Do not take by mouth. Wash hands before and after use. Read package directions carefully before using. Unwrap one tablet and place it in the applicator. Lie on your back. Gently insert the applicator tip high in the vagina and push the plunger to release the tablet into the vagina. Gently remove the applicator. Wash the applicator well with warm water and soap. Use at regular intervals. Finish the full course as directed even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using this medicine if your menstrual period starts during the time of treatment.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for girls as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • spermicides

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Tell your doctor if your symptoms return within two months. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you think you have been exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.

It is best not to have sex until you have finished your treatment. This medicine may damage condoms or diaphragms and cause them not to work properly. It may also decrease the effect of spermicides. Do not rely on any of these methods to prevent sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy while you are using this medicine.

The use of tampons is not recommended since they may soak up the medicine. To help clear up the infection, wear clean cotton, not synthetic, underwear.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • pain or trouble passing urine
  • vaginal pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • vaginal irritation, itching or burning

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: April 01, 2009
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