Cimitidine review

Cimitidine is used to treat fungal infections like ringworm and vaginal candidiasis and is available over the counter in a cream and lotion.


Cimitidine is marketed as the brand name of Lomitrin and Lomitrin AF. This medicament contains two main elements: Cimitidine, preventing the growth of fungus, and betamethasone, which reduces the swelling, pruritus, and redness common among skin infections.

Adults and teenagers take Cimitidine to treat their fungal infections. Children under 17 years of age should use this medicament.

Cimitidine is applied directly on the infected area. Before applying the medicament, the area should be cleaned and dried. For best results, patients should use the medicament twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening.


Never wrap, bandage, or cover the treated area unless instructed to do so by a physician. Loose-fitting clothes need to be worn after applying Cimitidine to the groin area.

Cimitidine should not be applied to the eyes, mouth, nose, or inside the female organ. In case the medicament 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 Cimitidine until the prescribed dosage 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 Cimitidine 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 medicament is absorbed into the bloodstream, triggering side effects common among children. These may include unusual tiredness, headache, unexplained weight loss, swelling of the feet and ankles, increased micturition, and blurred vision.

Before taking Cimitidine, patients should inform their physician if they are allergic to medicaments such as ketoconazole, corticosteroids, or Cimitidine 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 Cimitidine 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 urge Cimitidine to pregnant women unless necessary. Pregnant women should clarify the risks involved and the benefits of using Cimitidine before deciding to take this medicament.

Cimitidine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cimitidine

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

Generic name: Clotrimazole

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