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Canesten HC Cream (with acetate)
Canesten® HC Cream
Clotrimazole & Hydrocortisone acetate
1. What is Canesten HC Cream and what is it used for?
2. Before you use Canesten HC Cream
3. How to use Canesten HC Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Canesten HC Cream
6. Further Information
Canesten HC Cream is used to treat fungal skin infections when there are additional symptoms of inflammation (such as swelling, redness and itching). Canesten HC Cream treats the fungal skin infection and reduces the swelling and itching caused by it.
Canesten HC Cream is used for the treatment of infection and irritation of the vulva or end of the penis (glans) caused by thrush. It is also used to treat nappy rash and fungal infection of the breast fold (intertrigo), as well as infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.
The active substances in Canesten HC Cream are clotrimazole and hydrocortisone acetate. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called imidazoles which destroy the fungi and some bacteria that cause skin infections. Hydrocortisone acetate is a mild steroid which reduces swelling, redness and itching associated with inflammation of the skin.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before using Canesten HC Cream.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using Canesten HC cream. If you have informed your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her instructions carefully.
This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis). The medicine also contains 20mg benzyl alcohol in each gram of cream. Benzyl alcohol may cause allergic reactions and mild local irritation.
Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, follow these directions closely:
Treatment should be continued for no more than 7 days.
The symptoms of skin infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment, although signs such as redness and scaling may take longer to disappear. If the symptoms persist or do not start to improve after 7 days, consult your doctor.
Do not put the cream in your mouth or swallow it.
If the cream is swallowed accidentally, tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.
If you accidentally get cream in your eyes or mouth, wash immediately with water and contact your doctor.
Apply the cream as soon as possible and then continue the rest of your treatment as usual.
Like all medicines, Canesten HC Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. If you or your baby are allergic, a reaction will occur soon after you start using it. If you or your baby experience an allergic reaction, stop using Canesten HC Cream and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic reaction may include:
After you apply the cream, you might experience the following symptoms:
Treatment should be limited to 7 days unless advised otherwise by your doctor. If you apply the cream to a large area or under a dressing, or if you use the cream for more than 2 weeks, you may experience skin reactions such as:
If you or your baby experience any of the above effects or react badly to the cream in any other way not listed in this leaflet, tell your doctor immediately.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
This product should be stored in the original carton.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Canesten HC Cream after the expiry date which is stated at one end of the carton and on the end of the tube of cream. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
Canesten HC Cream is available in tubes containing 5g or 30g of white cream. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Remember: This medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not give it to anyone else under any circumstances. If you have any doubts about using Canesten® HC Cream correctly, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
For UK residents only: if you have any questions or would like more information, call our Canesten Advice Line on 0845 758 5030. Calls charged at local rate.
This leaflet was last revised in April 2022.
Canesten is a registered trademark of Bayer AG, Germany.