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Clotrimazole Cream - Overview
Clotrimazole, available in forms such as clotrimazole cream, clotrimazole troche and clotrimazole tablets, is a synthetic medication used to treat various types of fungal infections. People who might need a clotrimazole prescription can connect with a licensed medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe clotrimazole cream when appropriate to do so.
What Is Clotrimazole Used For?
Clotrimazole belongs to a class of synthetic antifungal agents known as imidazoles and is similar to itraconazole. As an imidazole, clotrimazole impacts metabolic processes in the fungi, leading to diminished levels of a sterol known as ergosterol which is important for the membrane of the cytoplasm. Clotrimazole is thought to work against the strains Epidermophyton floccosum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Trichophyton rubrum with some resistance noted in Candida species. Clotrimazole is sometimes combined with betamethasone dipropionate as a cream marketed under the name Lotrisone and is indicated for topical treatment of tinea corporis, tinea cruris and tinea pedis. Clotrimazole is also used in the treatment of yeast infections.
Clotrimazole 1% - Dosing and Cost
After the application of clotrimazole 1% topical, the presence of clotrimazole is measurable in the subcutis within six hours. No clotrimazole is detectable in the serum after two days. By itself, clotrimazole is a crystalline powder that is white in color and not soluble in water. Clotrimazole regimens often involve massaging the cream into affected areas twice a day for a period of time but the specific regimen used depends on the judgement of the prescribing medical provider. Clotrimazole 1% cream is affordable, costing under $13 for a 30 gram tube. Additionally, clotrimazole coupons may be available online and some insurance plans may cover the cost of a clotrimazole troche prescription.
Can I Buy Clotrimazole Online?
Various forms of clotrimazole are available OTC (over-the-counter). However, some versions of clotrimazole cream and clotrimazole troches require a prescription, and one cannot just buy clotrimazole online in these circumstances in the United States. Instead, one must first consult a medical provider to get a prescription for clotrimazole. Push Health can connect people who need a clotrimazole prescription with licensed medical providers who can prescribe clotrimazole when appropriate to do so.
Clotrimazole - Side Effects
Clotrimazole, like other antifungal medications, can cause side effects. Side effects from clotrimazole cream use include redness, irritation, pain, and atrophy at the application site. Growth retardation and striae are other reported side effects from clotrimazole use. People who have had a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to clotrimazole should not use the medication. Clotrimazole and alcohol should not be used together. Questions and concerns about using clotrimazole cream should be discussed with one's medical provider and pharmacist prior to use.
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Last updated October 26, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.