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Canesten Cream is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash.

Canesten Cream is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It is also used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush.

The active substance in Canesten Cream is clotrimazole. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles and is an antifungal agent which fights the cause of fungal skin infections.



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Bayer Health Care Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd

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  • If the feet are infected, they should be washed and dried thoroughly, especially between the toes, before applying the cream. 
  • Canesten Cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas two or three times daily and rubbed in gently. 
  • A strip of cream (1/2 cm long) is enough to treat an area of about the size of the hand. 
  • If you have an athlete's foot, it may help to use an antifungal dusting powder as well. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend one.
  • Always read the label or consult with a doctor for precise dosing instructions.



  • Rash.
  • Swallowing or breathing problems. 
  • Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
  • Weakness, feeling dizzy or faint.
  • Nausea
  • Itching,
  • Blisters
  • Burning
  • Discomfort
  • Irritation
  • Pins and needles on skin
  • Redness or peeling of skin



Q:  How long does Canesten 1% cream take to work?

It usually treats thrush within 7 days but it's best to treat the infection for at least 2 weeks to stop it coming back. The most common side effect is an itching or burning feeling in the area being treated. Clotrimazole cream can damage the latex used in condoms and diaphragms.

Q:  Why use canesten cream at night?

You can use Canesten treatments either day or night. However, vaginal treatments are best applied before you go to bed, as you can expect some leakage with the product use. For best results, lie down as soon as possible after inserting the vaginal products. This will reduce leakage.

Q:  Can I use canesten cream if I am pregant?

You should speak to your healthcare professional if you are pregnant and think you have thrush, before using any product to treat the infection.


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