Canesten Cream (P) is used to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash. It may also be used to relieve irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the penis, which may be associated with thrush.
The active substance in Canesten Cream is clotrimazole, which belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles. This antifungal agent kills fungi and yeasts by interfering with their cell membranes. Clotrimazole works by stopping the fungi from producing a substance called ergosterol, which is an essential component of fungal cell membranes. The disruption in production of ergosterol causes holes to appear in the fungal cell membrane. The cell membranes of fungi are vital for their survival. They keep unwanted substances from entering the cells and stop the contents of the cells from leaking out. As clotrimazole causes holes to appear in the cell membranes, essential constituents of the fungal cells can leak out. This kills the fungi and treats the infection.
This Canesten Cream is a (P) medicine that would be prescribed for you by your GP. Therefore you should follow any instructions he/she may have given you, when using this treatment.
Clotrimazole. Benzyl Alcohol. Polysorbate 60. Sorbitan Stearate. Cetyl Palmitate. Cetostearyl Alcohol. Octyldodecanol. Purified Water.
Suitable For teenagers and adults, between the ages of 16 - 60 years, only on prescription.
Keep out of the reach and sight of young children. Not suitable for those under the age of 16 years (unless on the advice of a medical practitioner). Do not use if you are hypersensitive to the ingredients of clotrimazole. Do not use if you are taking the antihistamine, terfenadine. Do not use Canesten Cream after the stated expiry date. Pregnant & breastfeeding women should seek medical consultation before use.