What is Clotrimazole used for?
Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication used to treat yeast (fungal) infections of the mouth, vagina, and skin such as body ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. This medicine comes in cream/gel form to be applied onto the skin and in vaginal tablet form to be inserted into the vagina. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to take Clotrimazole?
The dosage of Clotrimazole prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Apply the topical Clotrimazole gel sparingly onto the affected area. Wash your hands after applying the medication.
If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Clotrimazole medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Clotrimazole, seek medical attention immediately.
What are the drugs that interact with Clotrimazole?
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Clotrimazole, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Clotrimazole can interact with other vaginal products.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Clotrimazole?
Like other medicines, Clotrimazole can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Clotrimazole are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Clotrimazole cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Clotrimazole develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Clotrimazole can cause side effects such as :
- Skin irritation
- Stomach upset
- Breast tenderness
This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Clotrimazole.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Clotrimazole?
Is it possible for me to use Clotrimazole with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Clotrimazole?
What are the possible drug interactions of Clotrimazole?
How will Clotrimazole work in my body?
How should Clotrimazole be used?
How to reduce the risk of Clotrimazole drug interactions and side effects?
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