Clotrimazol review

Clotrimazol is used to treat fungal infections like ringworm and vaginal yeast infections and is available over the counter in a cream and lotion. Clotrimazol is marketed as the brand name of Lomitrin and Lomitrin AF. This medication contains two main elements: Clotrimazol, preventing the growth of fungus, and betamethasone, which reduces the swelling, pruritus, and redness common among skin infections.

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


Clotrimazol is applied directly on the infected area. Before applying the medication, the area should be cleaned and dried. For best results, patients should use the medication 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 Clotrimazol to the groin area.

Clotrimazol should not be applied to the eyes, mouth, nose, or inside the female organ. If 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 being treated. For jock itch, it typically lasts 2 weeks. Athletes' foot is usually 4 weeks. Patients should not exceed 45 grams of cream or 45 milliliters of the lotion in a week.

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


Some common side effects include burning, stinging, and dry skin. If these persist, patients should immediately notify their physician.

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

There is a remote possibility that the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, triggering side effects common among children. These can include unusual tiredness, cephalalgia, unexplained weight loss, swelling of the feet and ankles, increased micturition, and blurred vision.


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

Elderly patients might be more sensitive to Clotrimazol due to their thinning skin. Children are also more sensitive to corticosteroid and it can slow the rate of growth of a child.


Physicians do not preach Clotrimazol for pregnant women unless necessary. Pregnant women should clarify the risks involved and the benefits of Clotrimazol before deciding to take this medication.

Clotrimazol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of clotrimazol

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

Generic name: Clotrimazole

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

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