Clotrimazole Powder: Uses, Side Effects and Composition

Description Clotrimazole Powder

Clotrimazole Powder is a broad spectrum antimycotic powder with fungicidal action for local application. Clotrimazole Powder contains Clotrimazole 1% or 2% as its active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Clotrimazole Powder has a reliable action on dermatophytes, yeasts and other fungi.

Uses and Indications of Clotrimazole Powder

The confirmed indications for Clotrimazole Powder include:

  1. All dermatomycoses due to dermatophytes (e.g. Trichophyton species),
  2. All dermatomycoses due to yeasts (Candida species)
  3. Dermatomycoses due to moulds and other fungi.
  4. Skin diseases showing secondary infection with these fungi,

To the dermatomycoses listed under 1-4 belong for example:

  • interdigital mycoses (e.g. Athlete’s foot)
  • paronychias (associated with nail mycoses)
  • mycoses in skin folds
  •  Candida vulvitis
  • Candida balanitis
  • pityriasis versicolor
  • erythrasma.

Application and Dosage of Clotrimazole Powder

Clotrimazole Powder is thinly applied 2-3 times daily to the diseased sites and rubbed in. On account of the excellent efficacy, a small amount of it is usually sufficient for an area about the size of the palm.

For the treatment to become a full success, reliable and sufficiently long application of Clotrimazole powder is important (below-mentioned). The duration of treatment varies, it depends among other factors on the extent and localisation of the disease.

It is usually in:

  • dermatomycoses 3 – 4 weeks
  • Candida vulvitis and Candida balanitis 1 – 2 weeks
  • erythrasma and pityriasis versicolor approx. 3 weeks

In fungal infection of the feet, to prevent relapses, treatment should be continued for about 2 weeks beyond the disappearance of all signs of disease. After washing, the feet should be thoroughly dried (spaces between the toes), before applying the Clotrimazole powder.

Side Effects of Clotrimazole Powder

When applied topically, Clotrimazole is perfectly tolerated. Although, in some persons, skin irritation may be experienced. Some persons can also feel pain or a burning or stinging sensation.

Other side effects include:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • skin irritation, burning

If any of these effects is non-tolerable, please discontinue its use and contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

With external application, no systemic effects are to be expected.


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