clotrimazole, Lotrimin AF, Gyne-Lotrimin, Alevazol, Desenex, Pro-Ex Antifungal

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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:

What are the side effects of clotrimazole?

The most commonly noted side effects associated with clotrimazole include:

  • local redness,
  • stinging,
  • blistering,
  • peeling,
  • swelling,
  • itching,
  • hives, or
  • burning at the area of application.

Other side effects include nausea and vomiting, which may be caused by the oral forms.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2016

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