Clotrimazole tablets are one of the most inexpensive and popular remedies for candidiasis. This article provides information about the composition of the funds, indications, contraindications, possible side effects when using it, the consequences of overdose, cost, analogues, as well as reviews about the drug.
Clotrimazole is one of the most budget-friendly options among antifungal agents. The cost of packing vaginal tablets is on average from 12 to 50 rubles and depends on the manufacturer and the pharmacy chain selling the product. In online pharmacies you can buy it even cheaper: from 9-10 rubles per pack. In our case, the cost was 47 rubles 50 kopecks.
The list of clotrimazole analogues is very large and has more than a hundred items. The closest to him on the testimony and the scope of the use of drugs are synonyms based on the same active ingredient, for example, Kanesten, Canizone, Candide-B6, Guine-Lotrimin, Menstan, Antifungol, Candibene, Clortrirand, Amiklon.
There are also many analogues containing other active ingredients: Fluconazole, Nystatin, Pimafucin, Griseofulvin, Itraconazole.
Composition and release form
Clotrimazole is available in various forms: ointment, cream, gel, suppositories, solution and tablets. Made specifically for vaginal administration, the tablets are oblong. One of the ends of the tablet is rounded, the other is flattened. The tablets have a white color, a fatty to the touch surface, lacking a pronounced smell. They are packaged in blisters of 6 pieces.
Each tablet contains 100 mg of the active ingredient – Clotrimazole, as well as excipients.
Clotrimazole in pill form is prescribed for the following diseases:
- vaginal candidiasis;
- trichomoniasis (used in combination with other drugs against the simplest);
- bacterial vaginitis of various etiologies.
Also, the tool is used for the prevention of inflammatory processes after operations on the genitals and for disinfection of the birth canal to avoid the development of candidiasis in the newborn.
The drug is contraindicated in the following cases:
- individual intolerance to the components of the tablets;
- age up to 12 years;
- I trimester of pregnancy.
Women suffering from frequent relapses of candidiasis, various STDs, as well as those over the age of 60 years should consult with a specialist before using Clotrimazole.
It is not recommended to begin the course of treatment during menstruation: the dissolved tablets will be washed out with blood.
Clotrimazole tablets instructions for use
With the help of the applicator that comes with the medication package, the tablets are placed in the vagina, where they remain until complete dissolution. This method of application provides, firstly, the rapid absorption of the drug into the blood to bypass the liver, and secondly, a local effect on the mucous membranes affected by the pathological process.
For a quick and deep introduction of the pill, you need to lie on your back with your legs elevated. Experts advise to carry out the procedure at bedtime in order to avoid loss of the tablet that did not have time to dissolve until the end.
Depending on the severity of the pathological process, the course of treatment can last three or six days. In the first case, the daily dosage is two tablets, one of which is administered in the morning, the other – in the evening, in the second – one tablet is administered at night. For disinfection of the birth canal, a one-time use of Clotrimazole tablets is sufficient.
When the fungus multiplies on the surface of the vulva and inguinal skin folds, the tablets are used with a solution or ointment.
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In those cases when the therapy does not give the expected result within a few days, it is required to clarify the diagnosis and change the drug to another antimycotic or antibacterial agent.
If the symptoms of a fungal infection after a course of treatment with Clotrimazolum have returned a few weeks later, you should contact a specialist: this may indicate serious problems such as diabetes and immunodeficiency due to HIV infection.
It should be remembered that the dryness in the vagina that often occurs in menopausal women prevents the dissolution of the tablets. Therefore, they should administer the tablets as far as possible and remain in a horizontal position for a few hours after the administration.
During the course of treatment, some may experience the following phenomena:
- frequent urination;
- dryness, itching, swelling of the mucous membranes of the genital organs;
- itching and burning in the genital area of the partner;
- stomach ache;
- various allergic reactions – from urticaria to angioedema.
In the case of serious side effects, treatment with clotrimazole should be discontinued.
Signs of overdose
With proper use of the drug overdose is almost impossible. However, oral administration of intravaginal tablets is fraught with poisoning. His symptoms are:
- loss of appetite;
- nausea and vomiting;
- loose stools;
- violations of the liver, manifested by pain in the right hypochondrium, jaundice, lightening feces;
- skin itch, allergic rashes;
- lethargy, drowsiness;
- frequent urination;
- in rare cases – hallucinations and other neurological disorders.
There are no specific antidotes for Clotrimazole, therefore, overdose, symptomatic treatment is prescribed: administration of activated carbon, antihistamines, gastric lavage.
Clotrimazole is not recommended for ulceration, open wounds and other mechanical damage to the vulva and vagina, at temperatures above 38 degrees, uterine bleeding, pain of uncertain origin, accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting conditions. In the presence of a permanent sexual partner, he also needs to undergo a course of therapy with a solution or gel to avoid reinfection and recurrence of the disease.
Simultaneous use with nystatin-based drugs reduces the effectiveness of clotrimazole. In addition, it is better not to use it together with polyene antibiotics – their effectiveness when used together with Clotrimazole decreases.
During pregnancy and lactation
During the II and III trimester and during breastfeeding, the tool can be used with a doctor’s prescription, but only in the case when its use is really necessary.
Margarita, 35 years
Many in their experience know what a thrush is, including me. Once, instead of a more expensive medicine, the gynecologist wrote me Clotrimazole vaginal tablets. I applied them one per day for six days. A little advice: for ease of use, you need to hold the tablet for a couple of minutes under a stream of water. Immediately after the first pill, a large lack of funds became noticeable, it causes a strong burning sensation a few minutes after the injection. But, despite the discomfort, I underwent a course of treatment until the end, and in the end I was satisfied. Clotrimazole is especially effective when the thrush has just begun, and when the disease is neglected it may be weak. And another thing: to melt the tablet did not leave spots on the linen, you need to use a daily panty liner.
Alina, 29 years
My thrush happens about twice a year. Stress, antibiotic treatment, seasonal immunity, and here it is. Clotrimazole tablets cope with the disease quickly, on the fourth day all the unpleasant symptoms disappear. I have never had any side effects. The tool practically does not stain the laundry, it is convenient that the tablets need to be administered only once a day, the same Nystatin, for example, must be used twice a day. It is very important that the partner is also treated, otherwise a relapse may occur.
Nastya, 25 years
My candidiasis began during pregnancy. There was no money or time to go to a gynecologist and there was no analysis, so I bought Clotrimazole tablets from a pharmacy, which are very inexpensive and are sold without a prescription. Despite the fact that they are called pills, they are used in the same way as candles. The instructions indicate that they are contraindicated in the first trimester, but I was in the fifth month, so I decided that I could not be afraid of anything. It is quite inconvenient to insert a pill, it almost does not slide, unlike candles. And also after Clotrimazole, I started having a strong burning sensation and abundant discharge. But the effect appeared after the first application. Yes, one pill was enough for candidiasis to pass. So now I just keep packing the medicine in the first-aid kite.
What pills Clotrimazole?
This dosage form is used to treat thrush in women, as well as other infections that have been provoked by fungal opportunistic pathogens.
Clotrimazole tablets for oral administration?
In no case, you can not take the vaginal tablets orally inside! Absolutely all the dosage forms of Clotrimazole, are used only for external use.
Are there clotrimazole capsules pills?
We inform that the drug in the form of capsules is not available.