Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Clotrimazole
Last updated on 19/03/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Clotrimazole
CHINESE NAME: 克霉唑
BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Canesten, Lotremin
DRUG CLASS: Topical antifungal agent
USED FOR: Fungal skin infections, vaginal yeast infections, athlete’s foot, and other fungal infections
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 100mg, 500mg (tablets)
– 1% (cream)
– 1% (lotion)
– 2% (gel)
What is Clotrimazole for?
Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication that can be used for the following fungal infections:
– Fungal infection in otitis externa (outer ear infection)
– Fungal skin infections such as tinea pedis (athletes’ foot)
– Superficial sites of infection in vaginal and vulval candidiasis (yeast infection)
– Vaginal candidiasis
How to use it?
For fungal infection in otitis externa
To the ear
Adult / Child
Apply 2-3 times daily, continue for at least 14 days after the disappearance of infection
For fungal skin infections
To the skin
Adult / Child
Apply 2-3 times daily
For superficial sites of infection in vaginal and vulval candidiasis
To the vagina using 1% or 2% cream
Apply 2-3 times daily, to be applied to the region of the anus and the genitalia
For vaginal candidiasis
To the vagina using 10% intravaginal cream
Insert 5 g (one applicatorful) at night once, dose can be repeated once if necessary
To the vagina using pessaries
200 mg for 3 nights OR 100 mg for 6 nights OR 500 mg for 1 night, course can be repeated once if necessary
What are the side effects of Clotrimazole?
Common side effects of Clotrimazole include redness, stinging, irritation and allergy.
Who should not take Clotrimazole?
Anyone who has an allergy to Clotrimazole.
If you are using the intravaginal formulation, do not use tampons or other intravaginal products during treatment.
Common dosing schedule:
Use Clotrimazole as per product instructions.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Clotrimazole may interact with:
– Progesterone (vaginal or pessary)
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
Where to buy Clotrimazole in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Clotrimazole is a pharmacy-only or prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Clotrimazole in children, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.