Canesten cream - Use | Dose

This article was medically reviewed by M.Pharm, Marko Tanaskovic on August 12, 2018. To read more about an author, click here.

Canesten contains an active substance called clotrimazole. It belongs to a group of antifungal drugs (drugs used to treat fungal infections). According to chemical structure this medicine is classified into imidazole and triazole derivatives. It is found in the form of vaginal cream (Canesten vaginal cream 2%), cream intended for application to the skin (Canesten cream 1%), vaginal tablets (Canesten vaginal tablets 200 mg and Canesten vaginal tablets 500 mg) and in the form of a solution intended for application to the skin (Canesten solution 1%).

It is used in the treatment of fungal skin infections (candidiasis, dermatomycosis), as well as in the treatment of gynecological fungal infections (vaginitis).


It should be avoided in patients allergic to the active substance clotrimazole or other similar drugs. If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy, such as:

  1. itching,
  2. rash,
  3. redness,
  4. swelling, contact your doctor immediately.

This medicine intended for vaginal application (vaginal tablets or Canesten vaginal cream) must not be used during pregnancy.

It should not be used in patients with irregularly vaginal bleeding (bleeding not related to menstrual cycle) or abnormal vaginal bleeding (abnormally heavy period).

If you have any of the following symptoms, be sure to consult with your doctor before you start using this medicament:

  • Back pain or lower abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Vaginal discharge that may smell slightly yeasty

Patients below the age of 12 and patients above the age of 60 should consult doctor before start using it.

If the infection is repeated again in the next 6 months, be sure to consult with your gynecologist before you start using this medicament.

It is important to avoid contact with your eyes, because it can cause eye irritation.

Avoid intercourse, while using Canesten vaginal cream or tablets, because the infection can be transmitted to the partner. Do not use tampons or other vaginal preparations, while using this medicine.

Use during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Canesten intended for vaginal application should not be used during pregnancy, while Canesten intended for use on the skin can be used during pregnancy, only if recommended by your doctor.

This medication does not pass into breast milk, so you can breastfeed your baby, unless it is applied directly to the lactating breast.

How to use


Dosage form How to use
cream for vaginal application Lie on your back with legs bent upwards and insert vaginal cream deep into your vagina and squeeze out a single charge. Cream should be applied before going to bed three nights in a row.
vaginal tablets 200 mg Lie on your back with legs bent upwards and insert vaginal tablet deeply into the vagina. Use one vaginal tablet at bedtime for three nights in a row.
vaginal tablets 500 mg Lie on your back with legs bent upwards and insert vaginal tablet deeply into the vagina. Use one vaginal tablet at bedtime for three nights in a row.
cream for application to the skin 2-3 times a day rub a cream on the skin. The treatment should last 2 weeks for candida infections, whereas in dermatophyte infection treatment should least at least a month. If the cream is applied to the foot, the foot should be washed and dried before applying the cream.
solution for application to the skin 2-3 times per day applied to the infected skin. Treatment should last at least a month.

It is very important that you insert vaginal tablets deep into the vagina, in order to provide the necessary moisture for dissolution of these tablets. If the tablets are not completely dissolved, there will be no corresponding effect.

Use with other medicines (Interactions)

Canesten intended for application to the skin, does not interact with other drugs. However, it is necessary to inform your doctor if you are using any other skin products.

Canesten intended for vaginal use may not be used concomitant with tacrolimus (an immunosuppressant), which is used in treating a variety of autoimmune diseases.

Bear in mind that it can damage certain contraceptives (condoms), therefore it may lead to unwanted pregnancy.

Side effects

Canesten may cause the following side effects:

  1. abdominal pain,
  2. burning sensation at the application site,
  3. irritation at the application site,
  4. discomfort,
  5. allergy and others.

Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects.

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