Clotrimazole 1% cream is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush.
If you are unsure whether you (or your baby if treating nappy rash) have one of these fungal skin infections, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
Pharmacist reviewed 06/19
How to use Clotrimazole 1% cream:
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow these directions closely.
Use the cream for at least two weeks for candida (thrush) infections or at least one month for other infections. If you have athlete's foot, it may help to use an antifungal dusting powder as well.
The symptoms of 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 your doctor. Clotrimazole 1% cream is for external use only.
If you forget to use Clotrimazole, apply the cream as soon as possible, then continue the rest of your treatment as usual. Do not suddenly stop using Clotrimazole as this may cause the symptoms of the infection to return.
Do not use Clotrimazole 1% cream:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole 1% cream:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole 1% cream if you are taking any prescribed medicines.
As with other creams, Clotrimazole may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms. Consequently, if you are using this cream on the vulva or penis, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, tell your doctor, midwife or pharmacist before using Clotrimazole. If you have informed your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her instructions carefully.
If you or your baby experience an allergic reaction, stop using Clotrimazole and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
After you apply the cream you might experience: