- What is clotrimazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for clotrimazole?
- Is clotrimazole available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for clotrimazole?
- What are the uses for clotrimazole?
- What are the side effects of clotrimazole?
- What is the dosage for clotrimazole?
- Is clotrimazole safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about clotrimazole?
What is clotrimazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Clotrimazole is an anti-fungal medication related to fluconazole (Diflucan), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), and miconazole (Micatin, Monistat). It prevents growth of several types of fungi by preventing interfering with the production of the membrane that surrounds fungal cells. It is used topically on the skin, inserted vaginally or allowed to dissolve in the mouth for local fungal infections.
What brand names are available for clotrimazole?
Lotrimin AF, Gyne-Lotrimin, Alevazol, Desenex
Is clotrimazole available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for clotrimazole?
Yes, for some brands and/or preparations
What are the uses for clotrimazole?
Clotrimazole is used for the treatment of local fungal infections due to Candida albicans, including the following:
- vaginal yeast infections ,
- oral thrush,
- tinea versicolor,
- tinea pedis ("athlete's foot"),
- tinea cruris ("jock itch") or
- tinea corporis.
What are the side effects of clotrimazole?
The most commonly noted side effects associated with clotrimazole include:
- local redness,
- hives, or
- burning at the area of application.
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