Chlotrimazole review

Chlotrimazole is for fungal infections like ringworm and vaginal yeast infections and is useable over the counter in a cream and lotion. Chlotrimazole is marketed under the brand name of Lomitrin and Lomitrin AF. This medication contains two main elements: Chlotrimazole, which prevents the growth of fungus, and betamethasone, which reduces the skin edema, itching, and redness common among skin infections.


Adults and teenagers take Chlotrimazole for the treatment of their fungal infections. Children under 17 years of age are not commended to use this medication.

Chlotrimazole is applied directly on the infected area. Before applying, the area should be cleaned and dried. For topper results, patients 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 Chlotrimazole to the groin area.


Chlotrimazole 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.


Dosage and length of treatment are dependent on the infection that is being treated. For jock itch, the treatment typically lasts 2 weeks. Athletes' foot is usually 4 weeks. Patients should not exceed 45 grams of cream or 45 milliliters for the lotion in a week.

Patients should tell their physician if their condition does not improve after a week for jock itch, and 2 weeks for athlete's foot. Continue to use Chlotrimazole until the prescribed dose is completed, even if symptoms go away after a couple of days. Stopping abruptly can result in the infection re-appearing.


Some common side effects of Chlotrimazole are burning, stinging, and dry skin. If any of these symptoms persist, patients should immediately notify their physician.

Patients may experience rare but severe side effects such as acne, hair bumps, stretch marks, discoloration of the skin, and unexplained growth of hair.

There is also a remote possibility that the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, triggering side effects common among children. These may include unusual tiredness, headache, unexplained weight loss, skin edema of the feet and ankles, increased urination, and blurred vision.


Before taking Chlotrimazole, patients should inform their physician if they are allergic to medications such as ketoconazole, corticosteroids, or Chlotrimazole itself. They should also tell their physician of their medical history such as problems in blood circulation and immune system.

Elderly patients may be more sensitive to Chlotrimazole due to their thinning skin. Children, meanwhile, are more sensitive to corticosteroid and it can slow the rate of growth of a child.


Doctors do not commend Chlotrimazole to pregnant women unless necessary. Pregnant women should clarify the risks involved and the benefits of using Chlotrimazole before deciding to take this medication.

Chlotrimazole has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of chlotrimazole

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

Generic name: Clotrimazole

Brand name(s): Canesten, Canestine, Canifug, 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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