clotrimazole, Lotrimin (discontinued), Mycelex, Lotrimin-AF, Gyne-Lotrimin

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GENERIC NAME: clotrimazole

BRAND NAME: Lotrimin (discontinued), Mycelex, Lotrimin-AF, Gyne-Lotrimin

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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes, for some brands and/or preparations

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • Topical cream, solution or lotion: 1%
  • Buccal troche: 10 mg
  • Vaginal suppositories: 100 and 200 mg
  • Vaginal cream: 1% and 2%

STORAGE: Cream, lotion, solution and troche should be stored between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F). Vaginal suppositories should be stored between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2013



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