Clotrimazole is an azole antifungal, a custom-made pharmacy drug that has been shown to help some patients suffering from various skin infections due to fungus. Clotrimazole is most commonly prescribed for jock itch, ringworm, vaginal infections, infections of the mouth, and athlete's foot. It is also prescribed as a treatment for pityriasis, a fungal infection that may cause the skin to become lighter or darker. There are other medical uses for clotrimazole; discuss your condition and options with your primary care physician.
Clotrimazole is often given as a topical agent for use on external skin only. It comes in various topical application forms such as lotions, creams, solutions, and powders. For vaginal infections, there are tablets and creams that may be inserted into the vagina. For mouth infections, there are lozenges for treatment. Your compounding pharmacist can assist you and prepare the best application delivery method for you specific to your condition. Talk to your compounding pharmacist about the many options for application of clotrimazole. Follow packaging directions carefully, and as always, use clotrimazole, like any drug, in exact accordance with your physician's directions.
Side effects often differ depending on the patient. Some patients may experience no side effects at all but others could possibly experience one or several side effects. Common side effects seen with clotrimazole are:
Contact your physician if you encounter any of the above side effects and they seem to be persisting or increasing. If you experience other side effects not listed above that are troubling, contact your physician to discuss.
There are no known disease contraindications; however patients who are allergic to imidazole antifungals should not use clotrimazole.
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