Canesten Hydrocortisone

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Clotrimazole 1% w/w Hydrocortisone 1% w/w

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This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Canesten Hydrocortisone 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.

,• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days.

•    If you have any unusual effects after usingthis product, tell your doctor or pharmacist.


1.    What is Canesten Hydrocortisone and what is it used for?

2.    Before you use Canesten Hydrocortisone

3.    How to use Canesten Hydrocortisone A. Possible side effects

5.    How to store Canesten Hydrocortisone

6.    Further information


Canesten Hydrocortisone is used to treat athlete’s foot and fungal sweat rash when there are additional symptoms of inflammation (such as swelling, redness and itching). Canesten Hydrocortisone treats the fungal skin infection and reduces the swelling and itching caused by it.

If you are unsure whether you have one of these fungal skin Infections, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

The active substances in Canesten Hydrocortisone are clotrimazole and hydrocortisone. Clotrimazole belongs |o a group of medicines called imidazoles, which destroy the fungi and some bacteria that cause skin infections. Hydrocortisone is a mild steroid which reduces swelling, redness and itching associated with inflammation of the skin.


Do not use Canesten® Hydrocortisone:

•    If you have a fungal infection without specific symptoms of inflammation, an antifungal medicine without hydrocortisone may be more appropriate.

i« If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clotrimazole, hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients, including cetostearyl alcohol, of Canesten Hydrocortisone, i* On areas of broken skin.

•    On large areas of skin (more than 5-10% of body surface).

|* For longer than 7 days, i* To treat cold sores or acne.

•    On your face, eyes, mouth or mucous membranes.

•    On any untreated bacterial skin infection, such as syphilis or tuberculosis.

i* On vaccination reactions.

i* On shingles, chicken pox, rosacea or herpes.

If you are unsure about any of these restrictions, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Unless prescribed by a doctor, you should not use Canesten® Hydrocortisone:

•    If pregnant or breast-feeding.

•    In children under 10 years.

•    In the vagina or on the vulva.

•    On the penis or scrotum.

•    Around the anus.

•    To treat ringworm.

•    On areas of skin affected by eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis.

If you are unsure about any of these restrictions, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Important information about some of the ingredients:

This product contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin irritation (e.g. rash, itching or redness).

Special precautions:

•    As with all steroids, long-term, continuous use on large areas of skin should be avoided.

•    Do not cover the area being treated with a dressing or bandage.

•    Wash your hands immediately after applying the cream.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:

If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Hydrocortisone. If you have informed your doctor or midwife already, follow his/her instructions carefully.


If Canesten Hydrocortisone has been prescribed for you by your doctor, follow any instructions he/she may have given you. If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow these directions closely:

•    Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press.

•    If the feet are infected, they should be washed and dried thoroughly, especially between the toes, before applying the cream.

•    Canesten Hydrocortisone should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected areas twice daily and rubbed in gently. Approximately 1cm of cream per application should be enough.

•    Do not cover the area being treated with a dressing or bandage.

•    As with all products containing hydrocortisone, you should wash your hands immediately after applying the cream.

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.

Canesten® Hydrocortisone is for external use only:

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 contactyour doctor_______




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Ifyou Forget & u®a Canesten® Hydrocortisone:

Apply the cream as soon as possible and then continue the test of your treatment as usual.

You can help the treatment to work Ifyou follow [these simple self-help tips:

i* Although the infected area will itch, try not to scratch. Scratching will damage the surface of the skin and cause the infection to spread further, i* Keep the affected skin areas clean.

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

i* Do not share towels, bath mats, etc. with other people

1    as you could spread the infection to them.

[• Always wash your hands after treating the infection to prevent it from spreading.

'Ifyou have athlete’s foot:

,* Remember to dry the skin between the toes thoroughly, i* Wash your socks, stockings and tights thoroughly in hot water to remove any shed skin or fungal spores.

,* Change your footwear daily if possible.


like all medicines, Canesten Hydrocortisone can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

As with all medicines, some people may be allergic to the cream. Ifyou are allergic, a reaction will occur soon after you start using ft Ifyou experience an allergic reaction,

[stop using Canesten Hydrocortisone and tell your doctor straight away or contact the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital. Signs of an allergic [reaction may include: i* Rash.

[• Swallowing or breathing problems.

,* Swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue, i* Weakness, feeling dizzy or feint.

|* Nausea.

After you apply the cream you might experience:

'• Itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, irritation, redness or peeling of skin.

Treatment should be limited to 7 days unless advised [otherwise by your doctor, ifyou apply the cream to a large area or under a dressing, or ifyou use the cream for more than

2    weeks, you may experience skin reactions such as:

[• Broken veins.

» Excess hair growth.

[• Stretch marks.

[• Thinning or whitening of skin, i* Secondary infections.

[• An acne-like rash.

Reporting of side effects

[ifyou 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:

By reporting side effects you can help provide more 'information on the safety of this medicine.



'Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

[This product should be stored In the original carton.

Do not store above 25°C.

[Do not use Canesten Hydrocortisone 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.

MedicinesshouW noj be disposed of via wastewater or____

household waste. Ask your pharmacisfhow to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.


What Canesten® Hydrocortisone contains:

•    The active substances are clotrimazole and hydrocortisone, each at a strength of 1% w/w.

•    The other ingredients are benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, triceteareth-4-phosphate, medium chain triglycerides and purified water.

See Section 2 'Do not use' and4 Important Information about some of the Ingredients’ for cetostearyl alcohol advice.

What Canesten® Hydrocortisone looks like and contents of the pack:

Canesten Hydrocortisone is available in tubes containing lSg of white cream.

Marketing Authorisation Holden

Bayer pic, Consumer Care Division, Bayer House,

Strawberry Hill, Newbury, Berkshire RG141JA, UK


Kem Pharma 5.L.

Poligon Industrial Colon II, Calle Venus 72

08228 Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Remember: Ifyou have any doubts about using Canesten*

Hydrocortisone correctly, seek the advice of your doctor or


Further information about fongal infections:

Fungal infections are very common and affect many people. Two of the most common fungal skin infections include athlete's foot and sweat rash.

There are two main types of fungal infection:

•    The tinea group, also known as dermatophytes.

•    The Candida group, also known as yeasts.

The tinea group includes athlete’s foot which is easily spread by contact. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot usually fives harmlessly on our skin and in our environment The natural balance that normally keeps it under control can be upset by factors such as damp moist conditions.

This could happen, for example, through regularly wearing training shoes that keep the feet hot and sweaty. Since this fungus is contagious, it can also often be picked up in changing rooms. The main symptom is an itchy, scaly and irritating rash.

The Candida group can be responsible for conditions such as sweat rash. Sweat rash can appear anywhere on the body, but is more likely to occur where folds of skin rub against each other, such as: under the breasts, underarms, around the groin and on the back. Candida is a yeast-like fungus that usually lives harmlessly on our skin. However, the natural balance that normally keeps it under control can be upset by factors such as sweating, tight or synthetic clothing and cosmetic preparations such as bath additives. When levels of the yeast increase, the skin can develop the following symptoms: persistent burning and itching, soreness and a variety of patches or blemishes as well as a softened and soggy appearance.

For UK residents only: ifyou 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 May 2015.

Canesten is a registered trademark of Bayer AG, Germany.



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