Canesten dermatological 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 dermatological spray is used to treat a wide range of skin infections caused by fungi. These include infections with dermatophytes such as tinea, eg ringworm (tinea corporis), athlete's foot (tinea pedis), and jock itch (tinea cruris) and infections with yeasts such as candida, eg fungal nappy rash or sweat rash.
The spray is particularly useful for treating infections affecting large or hairy areas of skin. It should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin thinly two to three times daily. Treatment should be continued for at least one month for dermatophyte infections and at least two weeks for candidal infections. Ask your pharmacist for further advice on treating your particular infection.
If you are using Canesten spray to treat athlete's foot you should make sure you wash and dry the feet, especially between the toes, before applying the spray. You may also want to use Canesten powder inside your socks and shoes to help treat the infection and prevent it coming back.
Skin infections caused by yeasts (eg Candida), dermatophytes (eg Trichophyton), moulds and other fungi, such as the following:
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 fungal skin infections:
|Canesten 1% cream||Canesten dermatological powder||Canesten solution|
|Care clotrimazole cream 1%|
For treating athlete's foot:
|Canesten AF cream||Canesten AF powder||Canesten AF spray|
For treating vaginal thrush:
|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|