What is Canesten Duo and when is it used?
Canesten thrush duo is a complete and convenient treatment for vaginal or penile thrush. The active ingredients of Fluconazole & Clotrimazole belong to a group of medicines called azoles and are antifungal agents which fight the cause of infection such as thrush.
This treatment is used when you have been diagnosed with thrush by your doctor. The one-use capsule and cream can treat the fungal infection usually within 7 days.
How will it treat my symptoms?
Capsule: The oral capsule contains the active ingredient fluconazole, which is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts. Fluconazole kills the Candida fungi causing the thrush infection by making holes appear in their cell membranes.
Cream: Clotrimazole kills fungi and yeasts by interfering with their cell membranes. It works by stopping the fungi from producing a substance called ergosterol, which is an essential component of fungal cell membranes. The disruption in production of ergosterol causes holes to appear in the fungal cell membrane. Clotrimazole cream kills the fungi and treats the infection.
Can I buy Canesten Duo Over the Counter?
Yes, you can buy certain pack sizes and doses of benzoyl peroxide over the counter in the UK. You don’t need a prescription to buy this dose, but a pharmacist will need to ensure the treatment is suitable and safe for you.
What causes thrush?
Thrush is caused by an infection with the candida fungus. In women, there are several causes such as:
- Pregnancy – hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy alter the conditions in the vagina which makes this infection growth more likely
- Oral contraceptives – the oral contraceptive pill is thought to increase the likelihood of thrush
- Clothing – frequently wearing tight clothing, tights, or nylon pants can increase the chance of infection
- Personal hygiene products – certain deodorants, bathroom products etc. can irritate the vagina
Many people have a small amount of fungus in their bodies. However, it does not usually cause problems because it is kept under control by the body’s immune system and other harmless bacteria.
Thrush can develop when the good bacteria in your body is destroyed. For example, if you are taking antibiotics to treat an infection, the antibiotics will not distinguish between good and bad bacteria and will fight off both types.
Does Canesten Duo cause any side effects?
Like all medicines, Canesten thrush duo can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. With the capsule, if you experience any of the following, please contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately – you may need urgent medical attention:
- The severe condition with blistering and peeling of the skin, mouth, eyes or genitals
- Liver disorders with symptoms such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine or pale stools
- Change in heart rhythm or rate
After you apply the cream you may experience itching, rash, blisters, burning, discomfort, swelling, redness, irritation or peeling of the skin.
What is the recommended dosage of this treatment?
The capsule is to treat thrush at the site of infection and should be swallowed whole with a glass of water (with or without food). The cream is to treat the itching and soreness of the vulva (vulvitis). Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press.
The cream should be thinly and evenly applied to the area around the entrance of the vagina, 2 or 3 times a day. It should be used until symptoms of the infections disappear.
How should I store this medication?
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 25 degrees. Do not use Canesten thrush duo after the expiry date which is stated at one end of the carton, one the blister pack and on the end of the tube of cream.
Why do I need to fill in an online questionnaire to buy this product?
Some over the counter medicines are only allowed to be sold under the supervision of a pharmacist. Canesten thrush treatment is one of these medicines.
Just like when you buy this medicine in a high street or local pharmacy, the pharmacist will need to ask you a few questions. This is a legal requirement for selling this type of medicine.
You may not always realise when your local pharmacist asks you the required questions, as this can sometimes be done subtly. When sold online, we need to make sure our pharmacists have all the information they need to ensure this treatment is right for you.
To buy this medicine, simply fill in the short questionnaire and add the product to cart. Then proceed to checkout.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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What is Fluconazole and How Does it Treat Thrush?
So, your doctor has recommended fluconazole and you’re heading to the pharmacy to get your hands on some, but what is this medication?
If you like to know everything there is to know about your medication before you take it then you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s take a look at what fluconazole is, what it’s used for, and when you should be using it.
What is Oral Thrush?
If you’ve got white patches on your tongue and your mouth is feeling sore and red, then you could be dealing with a charming fungal infection called oral thrush.
Oral thrush is a pretty common infection that can affect men, women, and children, so if you’re worried that a member of your family could be suffering with this one, then you’ve come to the right place!
Let’s have a look at what makes oral thrush the thoroughly lovely infection it is.
Everything You Need to Know About Thrush in Men
If things are feeling a little itchy in your private area, then it might be a something a little more serious than just the everyday need to scratch.
You could be suffering with male thrush, which can leave you feeling itchy, uncomfortable, and more than a little irritated.
Don’t let thrush get you down, we’ve written this guide to tell you all you need to know about male thrush and how you can get rid of it.
Have I got Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) or Thrush?
Thrush and Bacterial Vaginosis are common infections that can make your intimate area feel less than friendly.
If you’re struggling with an infection, you’re going to want to get rid of it fast, if only so you can lose the annoying itching!
But how can you tell the difference between these two very similar infections? Let’s find out the facts and see what makes them so different.
Your Guide To Thrush When Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but sometimes you can have troubling problems which make this special bonding time with your baby a lot more complicated.
One problem you may encounter while breastfeeding is thrush, which can affect both mother and baby, making breastfeeding uncomfortable or even painful.
If you’re a breastfeeding parent who is worried about thrush, this guide will help you to learn everything you need to know about thrush and how it can affect breastfeeding.
What If I Get Thrush When I'm Pregnant?
If you’re pregnant you’re probably getting used to all of the strange changes that are happening to your body, but if you’re feeling an itching, burning sensation in your intimate area the cause could be more than just pregnancy.
You could be dealing with vaginal thrush, which can make your pregnancy a whole lot more uncomfortable than it needs to be. So just sit back, relax, and read up on what you can do to get rid of that thrush and get back to enjoying your pregnancy.
What Is Thrush?
You’ve probably heard of thrush or yeast infections, but what are they really?
If you’re not sure, and you’ve found yourself with an unpleasant itching sensation in your genital area, you could be wondering if thrush is to blame.
Luckily, yeast infections can be pretty easy to spot, so let’s see if we can answer some of your questions about all things thrush.
Can men use the canesten thrush duo oral capsule and external cream?
This product is suitable for treating male thrush
Can the oral capsule treat oral thrush as well?
I have taken the canesten single use oral pill and used the external cream. Can I also use the internal single dose cream at the same time?
Canesten Thrush Combi Pessary & External Cream
The pack contains a full course of treatment which consists of a single pessary with applicator to treat the cause of vaginal thrush and one tube of double strength cream to treat and soothe external thrush symptoms.
The pessary should be inserted as high as possible into the vagina with the help of the applicator, preferably before going to sleep at night for convenient and comfortable treatment.
The cream should be thinly and evenly applied to the area around the entrance of the vagina, 2-3 times a day and smoothed in gently. It should be used until the symptoms of the infection disappear. The symptoms of thrush should disappear within three days of treatment.
Can I use Canesten to treat thrush if I am over 60?
Canesten and other thrush treatments are not suitable over the counter for those aged over 60 or under 16 years old.
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