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Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.

This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still need to use it carefully to get the best results from it.

•    Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again.

•    Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.

What this medicine is for

This pack contains a cream and a single capsule. The cream contains Clotrimazole and the capsule contains Fluconazole. Both of these medicines belong to a group called anti-fungals, which act to treat infections caused by the fungi.

The medicine can be used to treat thrush (vaginal candidiasis) and external symptoms of thrush (vulval candidiasis). It may also be used by the woman’s sexual partner to treat associated penile thrush (candidal balanitis). The capsule can be taken by both men and women, the cream can be used by both partners too. If a woman and her partner both intend to take the capsule you will need one pack each.

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. The symptoms may include one or more of the following:

•    Itching of the vagina and surrounding area (the vulva)

•    Redness and swelling of the tissues of the vagina and vulva.

•    Soreness of the vagina and vulva

•    A white non-smelling discharge from the vagina.

Thrush may aggravated by sexual intercourse, but it 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:

•    Soreness and redness of the penis

•    Tightness of the foreskin

•    A white non-smelling penile discharge.

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 take:

   If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the cream or the capsule, or any other anti fungal medicine (you may have had difficulty breathing, rash, swelling of the face, neck, throat or


   If you are taking any of these medicines:

-    Astemizole (for allergy)

-    Pimozide (for mental health conditions)

-    Cisapride (for stomach problems)

-    Quinidine (for heart rhythm problems)

   If you have an intolerance to some sugars, unless your doctor tells you to (this medicine contains lactose)

   If you are pregnant or breast feeding (see “Other important information”)

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

•    If this is the first time you have had these symptoms

•    If you have had thrush more than twice in the last 6 months

•    If you are under 16 years, or 61 years or older

•    If you or your partner have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.

•    If you    have kidney or liver disease, or have had unexplained jaundice (yellowing of the    skin and    eyes)

•    If you    have heart problems, including heart rhythm problems, or low levels of potassium,    magnesium

or calcium in your blood

•    If you    have AIDS (you may be more likely to experience skin reactions)

•    If you    have any other long-term illness, or receive regular treatment from your doctor

•    If you are taking any other medicines, except for the contraceptive ‘pill’ (see “if you use other medicines” on the back of the leaflet)

•    If you have lower stomach pain, or pain or a burning sensation on passing urine.

•    If you are unsure about the cause of your symptoms.

•    If you are a man and:

-    your sexual partner does not have thrush

-    you have    an abnormal discharge or leakage from your penis

-    you have    sores, ulcers or blisters on your penis

-    your penis has started to smell.

•    If you are a woman and:

-    you have    any abnormal or irregular vaginal bleeding, or a blood stained discharge

-    you have    sores, ulcers or blisters on your vulva or vagina.

Other important information

Pregnancy: This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant, or if you think you may be pregnant.

Women of childbearing age: You must use a reliable form of contraception when using this medicine. The ingredients in the cream, however, may affect the latex used in barrier contraceptives such as condoms and diaphragms. You should therefore use other methods of contraception for at least 5 days after last using the cream.

Breastfeeding: This medicine should not be used if you are breastfeeding.

Driving and using machines

This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, the medicine may cause dizziness and occasionally fits or other side effects that may affect you. You should not drive or use machines until you are sure you are not affected.

Treating thrush:

You can help the treatment to work if you follow these simple self-help tips:

•    Although the infected area will itch, do not scratch as this will damage the surface of the skin and cause the infection to spread further.

•    Keep the affected areas of the skin clean

•    Pay particular attention to drying the skin but avoid excessive rubbing.

To help prevent thrush from coming back once you have treated it, follow these simple steps:

•    Wash daily

•    Try to avoid washing with perfumed soaps or using vaginal deodorants

•    Do not rub hard with sponges or flannels and avoid hot baths with strong perfumed with strong

perfumed oils

•    Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothing

•    Try to avoid wearing tights, nylon underwear and tight fitting clothing

•    After going to the toilet, wipe yourself from the front to the back, as a thrush infection may be transferred from the bowel

•    Change your sanitary protection regularly.

If you use other medicines

You should not use this medicine if you are taking certain medicines (see “Do not take”). This medicine may also affect the way other medicines work.

You should talk to your pharmacist if you are taking ANY other medicines, particularly if you are taking any of the following medicines:

•    Medicines to thin your blood (e.g. warfarin)

•    Erythromycin or rifampicin (for bacterial infections)

•    Medicines to reduce cholesterol (e.g. statins)

•    Medicines for mental health conditions (e.g. triazolam, midazolam, or tricyclic antidepressants), or for epilepsy (e.g. carbamazepine or phenytoin)

•    Methadone (for pain relief or treatment of opioid dependence)

•    Fentanyl, alfentanil, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (for pain relief or inflammation)

•    Medicines for diabetes

•    Halofantrine (for treatment of malaria)

•    Ciclosporin, sirolimus, or tacrolimus (given after transplant surgery, or for psoriasis or rheumatism).

Any other medicines 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 capsule foil is not broken before first use. If it is, do not take that capsule.

Check the cream tube seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not use the cream.

Pierce tube seal with end of cap.


How much

How often

Adults aged 16 to 60 years

Capsule: One capsule

Once only

Cream: Apply a thin layer to the affected area

Two or three times a day for 2 weeks

Swallow the capsule with water.

The cream is 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 for 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 symptoms clear up but return after 7 days, you can take another capsule, unless you had an allergic reaction the first time.

If you have thrush more than twice in six months you must see your doctor.

If you accidentally take a large number of capsules, or accidentally swallow 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 medicine. See a doctor at once:

•    Difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat, low blood pressure, fainting (severe allergic reaction caused by the capsule or the cream)

•    Severe skin rash which may include peeling and blistering of the skin (caused by the capsule).

You must not take fluconazole again if you experience any of these serious side effects.

The capsule may also cause these serious side effects. See a doctor at once if you notice:

•    Liver problems such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark coloured urine, pale stools, or changes in the way your liver works (that may show up in blood tests)

•    Changes in the heart rhythm (you may notice an irregular heart rate or beat)

•    Changes in the blood which may cause severe tiredness or exhaustion, unusual bruising or an increase in the number of infections that you get (e.g. sore throats, mouth ulcers, flu-like symptoms)

•    Fits, or convulsions.

These other effects are less serious. If they bother you talk to your pharmacist:

The cream may also cause:

•    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 The capsule may cause:

•    Feeling sick or being sick, heartburn, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, wind, dry mouth, taste disturbances, loss of appetite

•    Difficulty sleeping, or difficulty getting to sleep

•    Headache, feeling dizzy or unsteady on your feet, pins and needles, pain in the muscles, weakness or loss of strength, general feeling of tiredness or being unwell, shaking

•    Red, raised, itchy skin rash, or a rash with eruptions of pus

•    Increased sweating, rarely hair loss

•    Changes in the blood which may cause severe tiredness or exhaustion, unusual bruising or an increase in the number of infections that you get (e.g. sore throats, mouth ulcers, flu-like symptoms)

•    Changes in the way your kidneys work (that may show up in blood tests)

•    Low levels of potassium, rarely increased cholesterol or blood fat levels

•    Infections due to fungi (yeasts) or other organisms that are resistant to fluconazole.

If any of the side effects become severe, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

How to store this medicine

Do not store above 30°C. Store in the original package.

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.

What is in this medicine

The capsule contains Fluconazole 150mg and the cream contains Clotrimazole 1% w/w, which are the active ingredients.

As well as the active ingredient, the capsule also contains lactose monohydrate, maize starch, sodium laurel sulfate, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate. The capsule shell contains titanium dioxide (E171), gelatin, patent blue V (E131), printing ink (containing black iron oxide (E172), propylene glycol (E1520) and shellac glaze). The cream also contains sorbitan stearate, polysorbate 60, cetyl palmitate, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, 2-octyldodecanol, benzyl alcohol, purified water.

The pack contains one hard blue capsule with FLUCO 150 printed on it, and a 20g tube of white cream. Who makes this medicine

Manufactured for the Boots Company PLC Nottingham NG2 3AA Marketing Authorisation held by Teva UK Limited Eastbourne BN22 9AG

The cream (Boots Thrush 1% w/w Cream) is manufactured by Teva Operations Poland Sp. z.o.o.,ul. Mogilska 80 31-546 Krakow Poland.

The capsule (Boots Thrush Fluconazole 150mg Capsule) is manufactured by Teva Operations Poland Sp. z.o.o.,ul. Mogilska 80 31-546 Krakow Poland.

Leaflet prepared October 2012

If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contact The Boots Company PLC Nottingham NG2 3AA.