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Boots Thrush 1% w/w Cream
Information for the user
Boots Thrush 1% w/w Cream
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription to treat the external symptoms of thrush. However, you still need to use if carefully to get the best results from it.
What this medicine is for
This medicine contains Clotrimazole which belongs to a group of medicines called anti-fungals, which act to treat infections caused by fungi.
It can be used to treat the external symptoms of thrush (vulval candidiasis). It may also be used by the woman’s sexual partner to treat associated penile thrush (candidal balanitis).
Thrush is a common infection caused by a yeast (or fungus), which may live harmlessly in the vagina without you even noticing it. However, in certain circumstances, it may develop into an infection in the vagina and symptoms may spread to the surrounding area. These symptoms may include one or more of the following:
Thrush may be aggravated by sexual intercourse, but is not a sexually transmitted disease. Sometimes however, thrush can be passed to your partner through sexual intercourse.
If your partner has penile thrush he may have one or more of the following symptoms:
Before you use this medicine
This medicine can be used by adults between the ages of 16 and 60 years.
However, some people should not use this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.
Do not use:
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
Other important information
Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine: Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol in the cream may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
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 the cream.
You can help the treatment to work if you follow these simple self-help tips:
To help prevent thrush from coming back once you have treated it, follow these simple steps:
If you take other medicines
Before you use this medicine, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other medicines you might be using at the same time. If you are unsure about interactions with any medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
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 aged 16 to 60 years: Apply to the affected area two or three times a day for 2 weeks.
For use on the skin only. For women, apply the cream to the vulva and surrounding area.
For men, apply the cream to the penis.
Do not use on children under 16 years, or if you are an adult of 61 years or older, unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not use more than the amount recommended above.
If symptoms do not go away within 7 days talk to your doctor.
If you have thrush more than twice in six months you must see your doctor.
If anyone accidentally swallows some of the cream: Talk to a doctor or go to your nearest hospital casualty department straight away.
Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.
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. See a doctor at once:
If you get any on the following side effects see your pharmacist or doctor:
Reporting of side effects
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. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
How to store this medicine
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.
Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.
The date refers to the last day of the month. If you have any cream left after that date return it to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.
What is in this medicine
This cream contains Clotrimazole 1% w/w which is the active ingredient.
As well as the active ingredient, the cream also contains sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, cetyl palmitate, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alchohol, 2-octyldodecanol, benzyl alcohol, purified water.
The pack contains 20 g of white cream.
Who makes this medicine
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Leaflet prepared April 2015
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Product name: Boots Thrush 1% w/w Cream
Reference number: 00289/1476
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