Canesten AF spray contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, which is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts.
Clotrimazole kills fungi and yeasts by interfering with their cell membranes. It works by stopping the fungi from producing a substance called ergosterol, which is an essential component of fungal cell membranes. The disruption in production of ergosterol causes holes to appear in the fungal cell membrane.
The cell membranes of fungi are vital for their survival. They keep unwanted substances from entering the cells and stop the contents of the cells from leaking out. As clotrimazole causes holes to appear in the cell membranes, essential constituents of the fungal cells can leak out. This kills the fungi and treats the infection.
Canesten AF spray is licensed to treat the fungal skin infection athlete's foot (tinea pedis). The spray should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin thinly two to three times daily. You should make sure you wash and dry the feet, especially between the toes, before applying the spray. Treatment should be continued for at least one month to make sure the infection is fully treated.
You may also want to use Canesten AF powder inside your socks and shoes to help treat the infection and prevent it coming back.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines.
For treating athlete's foot:
|Canesten AF cream||Canesten AF powder|
For treating fungal skin infections (these can only be bought from pharmacies):
|Canesten 1% cream||Canesten dermatological powder||Canesten dermatological spray|
|Canesten solution||Care clotrimazole cream 1%|
For treating vaginal thrush (these can only be prescribed by a doctor or bought from pharmacies):
|Canesten 10% VC||Canesten 100mg/200mg pessaries||Canesten 500mg pessary|
|Canesten combi pessary and cream||Canesten cream combi internal and external creams||Canesten internal cream|
|Canesten thrush cream|