Canesten (Clotrimazole) is a broad-spectrum antifungal medicine used for treating vaginal candidiasis (yeast infections also known as thrush), including those which are recurrent. It works by acting against the growth of the fungi. Vaginal thrush occurs as a result of a fungus called candida albicans. In general, bacteria present in the body can help to keep this yeast at bay. However, should overgrowth of candida albicans occur, the occurrence of a yeast infection is possible.
Typical symptoms of vaginal thrush include:
- Itching and soreness around the entrance of the vagina (itchy labia)
- Vaginal discharge – this is usually odourless and may be thick and white or thin and watery.
- Pain during sex, which may make you worry about having sex.
- A stinging sensation when peeing
How long does it take for Canesten pessary to dissolve?
A pessary will dissolve overnight in the moisture of the vagina. Remember it is important to complete the course of treatment as this will help to prevent the infection from coming back. If your symptoms do not improve within seven days, see your doctor for further advice
Warnings / Side effects
This medicine is not for oral use. It is only to be inserted into the vagina in accordance with the instructions of your doctor.
Consult your doctor if a recurrence of symptoms is noticed.
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Canesten (Clotrimazole) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you suffer from any allergies.
If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.
Pain which affects the abdomen
Itchy sensation in the vaginal area
It is essential that your doctor is notified of any side effects that occur during treatment. Certain side effects caused by this medicine could be severe and pose a threat to your health, however this is considered to be a less common occurrence. Go to the hospital or see your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects.
For more information please refer to the patient information leaflet.
Usage / Instructions
Inserting the applicator:
Carefully insert the end of the applicator containing the pessary as gently and deeply into the vagina as possible.
Hold the applicator in position and slowly push the plunger with the forefinger until it stops.
Gently remove the applicator from the vagina.
Thoroughly wash and dry the applicator.
Each pessary contains 100mg of the active ingredient Clotrimazole.
Canesten 100mg Pessary also contains: Calcium lactate pent ahydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, lactic acid, maize starch, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, colloidal anhydrous silica, hypromellose and lactose monohydrate.