What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Canesten (Clotrimazole)


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Generic Equivalent - Canesten (Clotrimazole)

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  • Product Details


    Canesten (clotrimazole) Cream is used to treat fungal infections of the skin. These include ringworm, athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash, and fungal sweat rash. 

    Canesten Cream is also used to treat irritation of the vulva (external thrush) or the end of the penis (may also be associated with thrush).

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    US: OTC (topical), Rx-only (by mouth)

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    2 hours

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    Carefully read and follow the instructions that come with the Canesten Cream prescription. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

    Canesten Cream is available in a tube and is for topical use on the skin only. Do not get the medication in your mouth or eyes.

    If you are using Canesten Cream on your feet, make sure your feet are washed and dried completely before using the cream.

    Apply a thin, even layer to the affected area(s) two or three times a day. Gently rub it in.

    Canesten Cream may be used for up to 4 weeks, but the duration depends on the type of infection.

    An improvement should be experienced within a few days of using Canesten Cream; however, redness and scaling may take longer to go away. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not go away.


    The active ingredient contained in Canesten Cream is clotrimazole, an antifungal. Inactive ingredients include benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldodecanol, and purified water.


    Do not use Canesten Cream if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients contained in Canesten Cream.

    Do not use Canesten Cream to treat nail or scalp infections.


    • Before you begin using Canesten Cream to treat your fungal skin infection, talk to your doctor about:
      • All the medications you take, including other creams or ointments
      • Your allergies
      • Your health problems
      • Your pregnancy or breastfeeding status
    • Avoid smoking or going around open flames with the use of Canesten Cream. Contact of the cream with flames is a fire hazard and can put you at risk for severe burns. Washing clothing and bedding may remove some of the product but not all of it.
    • Rubber condoms or diaphragms may not work as well with the use of Canesten Cream. Alternative birth control methods should be used for at least 5 days after using the cream if you are using it to treat vulva or penile irritation.

    Side Effects

    Side effects that may occur with the use of Canesten Cream include skin itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, irritation, redness, or peeling. 

    Some people may be allergic to Caneseten Cream and exhibit severe allergic reactions including a rash, trouble breathing or swallowing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, dizziness, nausea, or rapid heartbeat. Seek emergency care immediately if you experience these effects.


    Canesten Cream (clotrimazole) 1% w/w. Reading, RG2 6AD, UK: Bayer plc; 2020.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 2376

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