Canestine is for curing fungal infections like ringworm and vaginal yeast infections and is available over the counter in a cream and lotion. Canestine is marketed under the brand name of Lomitrin and Lomitrin AF. This medication contains two main elements: Canestine, which prevents the growth of fungus, and betamethasone, which reduces the swelling, pruritus, and redness common among skin infections.
Adults and teenagers take Canestine for the treatment of their fungal infections. Children under 17 years of age are not recommended to use this medication.
Canestine is applied directly on the infected area. Before applying, the area should be cleaned and dried. For topper results, affected roles should use the medication twice every day - once in the morning and once in the evening.
Never wrap, bandage, or cover the treated area unless instructed by a physician. Loose-fitting clothes should be worn after applying Canestine to the groin area.
Canestine should never be applied to the eyes, mouth, nose, or inside the female organ. In case the medication is accidentally applied to these areas, simply flush the area with lots of water.
The dose and the length of treatment are dependent on the infection that is being treated. For jock itch, the treatment usually lasts 2 weeks. Treatment for athletes' foot is usually 4 weeks. Use of Canestine should not exceed 45 grams of cream and 45 milliliters for the lotion in a week.
Patients should inform their physician if their condition does not improve after a week for jock itch, and 2 weeks for athlete's foot. Continue to use Canestine until the prescribed dose is completed, even if the symptoms go away after a couple of days. Stopping the use can result in the infection re-appearing.
Some of the more common side effects of Canestine are burning, stinging, and dry skin. In case any of these symptoms persist, affected roles should immediately notify their physician.
Patients may also experience these rare but severe side effects such as acne, hair bumps, stretch marks, discoloration of the skin, and unexplained growth of hair.
There is also the remote possibility that the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, triggering side effects that are common among children. These side effects may include unusual tiredness, cephalalgia, unexplained weight loss, swelling of the feet and ankles, increased urination, and blurred vision.
Before agreeing to use Canestine, affected roles should inform their physician if they are allergic to medications such as ketoconazole, corticosteroids, or Canestine itself. They should also inform their physician of their medical history such as problems in blood circulation and immune system.
Elderly affected roles may be more sensitive to Canestine owing to their thinning skin. Children, meanwhile, are more sensitive to corticosteroid and it can slow down the rate of growth of a child.
Doctors do not recommend Canestine to pregnant women unless it is clearly needed. Pregnant women should clarify the risks involved and the benefits of using Canestine before deciding to use the medication.
Canestine has the following structural formula:
Molecular formula of canestine is C22H17ClN2
Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[(2-chlorophenyl)-diphenyl-methyl]imidazole
Molecular weight is 344.837 g/mol
Canestine available : 10mg tablets
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