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Clotrimazole is a type of antifungal medication used to treat a wide range of infections caused by fungi invading dead skin and spreading rapidly.

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How to take - Side Effects - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

Clotrimazole works by disrupting the walls of fungal cells, killing them off and freeing you from infection.

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How to Take Clotrimazole

Clotrimazole is a topical medication, which means it’s applied directly to the affected area. It’s available in cream, spray and liquid form and in some cases, is mixed with a mild steroid to reduce inflammation.

Before and after applying the medication, you should be sure to wash your hands and make sure the target area is clean and dry.

It’s important to let the affected area ‘breathe’ - so don’t cover it with plasters or bandages unless your doctor tells you to do so.

You’ll be given instructions on how often to apply clotrimazole, however, it’s usually taken twice daily for a few weeks. If you miss a dose, it’s important not to ‘double up’ on the next one. Simply take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearly time for your next one, in which case you should carry on as normal.

What can Clotrimazole be used to treat?

Clotrimazole can be used to tackle a range of fungal infections, with some of the most common uses including:

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Ringworm
  • Yeast infections
  • Oral thrush
  • Pityriasis
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Side effects of Clotrimazole

Clotrimazole is typically quite safe, however, it may cause mild irritation at first. Although rare, some people can experience an allergic reaction, like itchy skin and redness, and it’s important to speak to a doctor if you notice any symptoms like this.

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Things to avoid

It’s usually recommended to steer clear of alcohol when taking antifungal medication like clotrimazole since this may put increased stress on the liver, quickly causing hangover-like symptoms and in some cases, severe liver problems.

While this is less likely with topical antifungals like clotrimazole, it’s still sensible to avoid drinking until you feel better.

Clotrimazole and alcohol

Taking fluconazole while drinking alcohol is not recommended, since both substances can cause stomach upsets and headaches. If you’re suffering from any other side effects, drinking alcohol may cause these to get worse.

Drinking alcohol can often increase the amount of time it takes you to get over an illness, so it’s generally recommended to steer clear of it until you start feeling better.

Is It Safe to Use Clotrimazole During Pregnancy?

Clotrimazole is usually safe for pregnant women to use and studies to date have shown no evidence of birth defects or risk of miscarriage.

Being pregnant can increase the risk of vaginal yeast infections developing, due to changes in the area as maternity progresses.

However, if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, be sure to tell your doctor before starting clotrimazole treatment, since you may have to use the medication for longer than usual.

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Our GPs can talk through your symptoms, examine any areas that are affected by the condition and if needed, prescribe a safe and effective antifungal medication like clotrimazole to tackle your infection.

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