Canesten review

Canesten is used for curing fungal infections like ringworm and vaginal yeast infections. It is available over the counter in a cream and lotion.


Adults and teenagers can take Canesten for treatment of their fungal infections. Children who are under 17 years of age are not commended to use this medicament. Canesten is marketed under the brand name of Lomitrin and Lomitrin AF. The medicament contains two important elements: Canesten, which prevents the growth of fungus, and betamethasone, which reduces the swelling, itching, and redness common among skin infections.

Canesten is applied directly on the infected area of the skin. Before applying, the area should be cleaned and dried thoroughly. For topper results, patients should use it 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 Canesten on the groin area.

Canesten should never be applied to the eyes, mouth, nose, or inside the female organ. In case the medicament is accidentally applied in these areas, simply flush it with lots of water.


The dosage 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 Canesten should not exceed 45 grams of cream and 45 milliliters for the lotion in a week.

Users 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 Canesten until the prescribed dosage 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 Canesten are burning, stinging, and dry skin. In case any of these symptoms persist, patients should immediately notify their physician.

Users 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 medicament 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 Canesten, patients should inform their physician if they are allergic to medicaments such as ketoconazole, corticosteroids, or Canesten itself. They should also inform their physician of their medical history such as problems in blood circulation and immune system.

Elderly patients may be more sensitive to Canesten 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 commend Canesten to pregnant women unless it is clearly needed. Pregnant women should clarify the risks involved and the benefits of using Canesten before deciding to use the medicament.

Canesten has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of canesten

 Molecular formula of canesten is C22H17ClN2
 Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[(2-chlorophenyl)-diphenyl-methyl]imidazole
 Molecular weight is 344.837 g/mol
 Canesten available : 10mg tablets

Generic name: Clotrimazole

Brand name(s): Canestine, Canifug, Chlotrimazole, Cimetidine, Cimitidine, Clotrimaderm, Clotrimazol, Crystalline Clotrimazole, Empecid, FemCare, Gyne lotrimin, Gynix, Lotrimin, Lotrisone, Mono-baycuten, Mycelax, Mycelex, Myclo, Mycosporin, Mykosporin, Neo-Zol, Trimysten, Veltrim

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