CLOTRIMAZOLE (kloe TRIM a zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections of the skin.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•an unusual or allergic reaction to clotrimazole, other antifungals or medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. If treating a hand or nail infection, wash hands before use only. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and a small amount to the surrounding area. Rub in gently. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use this medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think you are better. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug has been used in young children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
•topical products that have nystatin
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
•skin irritation, burning
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to improve after 7 days. Do not self-medicate for more than one week.
If you are using this medicine for 'jock itch' be sure to dry the groin completely after bathing. Do not wear underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic fibers like rayon or nylon. Wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear.
If you are using this medicine for athlete's foot be sure to dry your feet carefully after bathing, especially between the toes. Do not wear socks made from wool or synthetic materials like rayon or nylon. Wear clean cotton socks and change them at least once a day, change them more if your feet sweat a lot. Also, try to wear sandals or shoes that are well-ventilated.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 2 to 30 degrees C (36 to 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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