What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL00289/1490.

Boots Antifungal Cream


Boots Antifungal Cream


Treats a wide range of fungal infections of the skin

20 g ℮

Read all of this carton for full instructions.

What this medicine is for

An antifungal cream for the treatment of fungal skin infections including ringworm, fungal nappy rash, infections of the armpit, groin, toes and skin folds and thrush of the vulva or penis.

Before you use this medicine

Do not use:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor or midwife tells you to

Information about some of the ingredients: The ingredients in the cream may affect the latex used in contraceptives such as condoms and diaphragms. This may reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptives. You should therefore use other methods of contraception for at least 5 days after using this medicine in the genital area. You may, for example, use a spermicide gel in addition to the condom or diaphragm.

If you need more advice about this speak to your pharmacist.

Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol in this medicine may cause skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).

How to use this medicine

Check the tube seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not use the cream. Pierce tube seal with end of cap.

Adults and children: Apply to the affected area two or three times a day. Use the cream for at least 2 weeks. In some cases it may be necessary to continue to use the cream for more than 4 weeks.

If you are using the cream for a foot infection, make sure your feet, especially between the toes, are washed and thoroughly dried before applying the cream. Apply to the skin only.

Do not use more than the amount recommended above.

If symptoms do not improve within 7 days, or do not go away, talk to your doctor.

If anyone accidentally swallows some: Talk to a doctor straight away.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.

If you get any of these serious side effects, stop using the cream and see a doctor at once:

  • Difficulty breathing, feeling dizzy, fainting, red raised itchy skin rash (severe allergic reactions)

If you get any of the following side effects see your pharmacist or doctor:

  • Irritation, discomfort, pain or a burning or stinging sensation
  • Other allergic skin reactions such as itchy rash, swelling, peeling or flaking of the skin, blisters

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed here. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.

Active ingredient

This topical cream contains Clotrimazole 1% w/w.

Also contains: purified water, 2-octyldodecanol, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, benzyl alcohol.

PL 00289/1490 [P] Text prepared 04/15

Manufactured for

The Boots Company PLC


Thornton & Ross Ltd
West Yorkshire

Marketing Authorisation held by

TEVA UK Limited
BN22 9AG

If you need more advice ask your pharmacist.

Artwork reference: WBAG384905/B