clotrimazole, Lotrimin AF, Gyne-Lotrimin, Alevazol, Desenex

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GENERIC NAME: clotrimazole

BRAND NAME: Lotrimin AF, Gyne-Lotrimin, Alevazol, Desenex

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Lotrimin, Mycelex

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Clotrimazole is used for the treatment of local fungal infections due to Candida albicans (for example, vaginal yeast infections or oral thrush), tinea versicolor, tinea pedis ("athlete's foot"), tinea cruris ("jock itch") or tinea corporis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most commonly noted side effects associated with clotrimazole are:

  • local redness,
  • stinging,
  • blistering,
  • peeling,
  • swelling,
  • itching,
  • hives, or
  • burning at the area of application.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/29/2015

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