NZ Formulary

Clotrimazole (skin cream)


What does it do?

Clotrimazole is used to treat fungal infections.

How should you use it?

Wash your hands, then apply to the affected area as directed and rub in gently. Wash your hands again after applying the cream, unless your hands are the affected area. Keep using clotrimazole for 2 weeks after the infection has got better. This will help stop the infection from coming back again.

What if you forget a dose?

If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and apply your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not apply two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Clotrimazole is unlikely to cause any side effects. If you notice any symptoms you are concerned about, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

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Other information:

  • Tell your health professional if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Take care not to get clotrimazole in your eyes or mouth. If you get any in your eyes, rinse well with water straight away.
  • If you are applying clotrimazole to your genitals, latex condoms and diaphragms might be affected. Discuss this with your health professional.