Canesten Thrush -external cream-3
Canesten Thrush -external cream-3

Canesten Thrush External Cream


Canesten thrush cream contains the active ingredient clotrimazole at a 2% strength. It is an anti-fungal medication used to treat symptoms of thrush. The cream should be applied thinly and gently 2 or 3 times a day until symptoms disappear.

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    Canesten thrush cream contains the active ingredient clotrimazole at 2% strength, which is an anti-fungal used to treat symptoms of thrush. It helps relieve irritation of the vulva (vulvitis) which is caused by vaginal thrush (candidiasis).

    This cream will help provide symptomatic relief of external irritation caused by the vaginal thrush but it can not treat any internal cause of the infection and would need to be taken in addition to other medication used to treat the internal infection.


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

    To treat the itching and soreness of the vulva (vulvitis), the cream should be thinly and evenly applied to the area around the entrance of the
    vagina, 2 or 3 times a day and smoothed in gently until symptoms disappear.

    A product to treat the internal (vaginal) infection should be used at the same time.

    You should consult your doctor if the symptoms of your infection do not improve.


    Canesten cream should not be used for more than two episodes in any six-month period and you should seek medical advice if you suffer from recurrent thrush.

    Diabetics should always seek additional medical advice before treating thrush as it could be a sign of an underlying complication.

    If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, we would not advise obtaining and using this cream through our service as you should always seek advise from your GP and have the cream prescribed.

    Canesten cream can affect the material that barrier contraceptives (condoms) are made from and can cause them to fail. If using the cream please leave sufficient time before using a barrier contraceptive.

    You should not use this cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

    You should always read the packaging and patient information leaflet before using this treatment and for more information including potential side effects.


    Thrush can be passed during sexual intercourse so if you are treating yourself for thrush, it is advisable that you inform your partner to seek treatment to avoid re-infection.

    More information can be found on the packaging and patient information leaflet.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Jun 03, 2020 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Apr 11, 2024 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm