What is Canesten Gyno?
Canesten Gyno contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, which is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts. Canesten Gyno products have been specially designed for vaginal use and are prescribed for vaginal fungal infections. Canesten Gyno is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Canesten Gyno used for?
Vaginal fungal infections are a common and troubling nuisance for many women. A vaginal fungal infection is characterised by an increase of white discharge from the vagina and redness, irritation and itching in the vagina/labia area. The infection is caused by species of fungi, in particular Candida albicans, that occur on the skin. Imbalance in the vaginal flora can allow these organisms to gain the upper hand. Canesten Gyno kills the fungi and yeasts and, by doing so, is effective in taking away the symptoms.
How to use Canesten Gyno
Canesten Gyno is available as vaginal tablet or cream. The tablets and cream should be inserted into the vagina using the applicator provided. Apply at bedtime to allow the medicine to act whilst you sleep. Consult the package leaflet for instructions on how to use the applicator. The cream can also be applied to the outside of the vagina (vulva and labia) to help provide relief from the external symptoms of the infection such as pain and itching. Do not use Canesten Gyno when you are having your period as it will be less effective.
Note: Do not rely on condoms or cervical caps when using Canesten Gyno. Clotrimazole may weaken the rubber up to two days after use, causing them to break.
Unless otherwise instructed by the doctor, the recommended dose of Canesten Gyno is:
- Women aged 16 and above: one dose of cream or one vaginal tablet of the prescribed strength for three days, inserted vaginally.
Consult a doctor if the symptoms have not improved after seven days. Read the package leaflet before use.
Canesten Gyno cream and vaginal tablets are generally well tolerated, although some people may experience the following side effects:
- Vaginal itching or burning after application.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or if you experience side effects that are not listed here. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Canesten Gyno
Canesten Gyno is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antifungal medicine if:
- You are allergic to clotrimazole or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have symptoms that might indicate a gynaecological disorder, such as odorous vaginal discharge, abdominal pain or pain during urination, sores or blisters in the genital area or abnormal bleeding during periods. Consult a doctor to check if this medicine is right for you.
This medicine can be used safely by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Use of the applicator during pregnancy is strongly discouraged. We recommend using the vaginal tablet instead. Insert the tablet with your fingers.
Canesten Gyno does not affect your ability to drive.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol.