Clotrimazole: Uses & Side Effects

Uses

Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication.
It is like an antibiotic but is used to treat yeast (fungal) infections. Oral
clotrimazole is used to treat and prevent yeast infections of the mouth and
throat.

Take all of the clotrimazole that has been
prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to
improve before the infection is completely treated.

How
should I take clotrimazole?

Take clotrimazole exactly as directed by
your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

The troches should be allowed to dissolve
slowly in your mouth. Suck on one troche at a time until it is completely
dissolved, usually 30 minutes.

Do not chew or swallow the troches whole.

The troches are usually used five times a
day. Follow your doctor’s instructions.

Store clotrimazole at room temperature away
from moisture and heat.

Side
Effects

Stop taking clotrimazole and seek emergency
medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing;
closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Side effects are not likely to occur with
clotrimazole. Continue to take clotrimazole and talk to your doctor if you
experience: nausea or stomach upset; vomiting; itching; an unpleasant sensation
in the mouth.

Side effects other than those listed here
may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or
that is especially bothersome.

Precautions

Before using clotrimazole, tell your doctor
or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungals such as
econazole, ketoconazole, or miconazole; or if you have any other allergies.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your
doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

This medication should be used only if
clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your
doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into
breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Take all of the clotrimazole that has been
prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to
improve before the infection is completely treated.

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