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Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream


Vaginal Thrush Treatment.

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    Canesten Soft Gel Pessary 500mg - Rightangled

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    • Type of medicine

      Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication

    • Effective within

      1 to 3 Days

    • Works by

      Targeting Fungal Infections

    • Active ingredient


    • Strength

      500 milligrams per pessary

    • Common side effects

      Vaginal Irritation, Itching, Discomfort

    • Generic

      Yes, Generic Versions Available

    • Use with alcohol

      No Known Interactions

    Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream


    Canesten Soft Gel Pessary 500mg is a widely recognized and trusted over-the-counter (OTC) medication designed to treat vaginal thrush, a common fungal infection caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Vaginal thrush, also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis, can cause discomfort, itching, burning, and abnormal vaginal discharge.

    The active ingredient in Canesten Soft Gel Pessary is clotrimazole, an antifungal agent that effectively targets and eradicates the Candida yeast responsible for thrush. This soft gel pessary offers a convenient and targeted approach to treating vaginal thrush, providing relief from symptoms and restoring vaginal health.


    Using Canesten Soft Gel Pessary 500mg is straightforward and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine:
    Wash Hands: Before handling the pessary, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to maintain proper hygiene.
    Lay Down: To facilitate the insertion of the pessary, it is recommended to lie on your back with your knees bent and legs slightly apart.
    Remove the Pessary from Packaging: Carefully remove the soft gel pessary from its packaging, ensuring that it remains intact and undamaged.
    Insert the Pessary: Gently insert the pessary deep into the vagina using your fingers or the applicator provided in the packaging. Follow the instructions on the packaging for guidance.
    Wash Hands Again: After insertion, wash your hands thoroughly again to prevent contamination.
    Use at Night: It is often recommended to use the pessary at bedtime to allow for maximum absorption and effectiveness.
    Complete the Full Course: It's important to complete the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve before finishing the medication.


    The active ingredient in Canesten Soft Gel Pessary 500mg is:
    Clotrimazole: Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication that works by disrupting the cell membranes of the Candida yeast, causing it to weaken and eventually die. This effectively treats the fungal infection and relieves symptoms.
    In addition to the active ingredient, Canesten Soft Gel Pessary contains other components that help form the soft gel structure and ensure the stability and effectiveness of the product.

    Side effects

    Canesten Soft Gel Pessary 500mg is generally well-tolerated, and side effects are rare. However, as with any medication, individual responses may vary. The most commonly reported side effects, which are typically mild and temporary, may include:
    Vaginal irritation or burning
    Itching or discomfort in the treated area
    Abdominal cramps or pain
    These side effects are usually short-lived and should subside as the treatment progresses. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider.


    Before using Canesten Soft Gel Pessary 500mg, consider the following warnings and precautions:
    Not Suitable for Allergies: If you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of the ingredients in the product, do not use Canesten Soft Gel Pessary.
    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with a healthcare provider before using this medication.
    Use as Directed: Use the pessary exactly as directed on the packaging or as advised by a healthcare provider. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or duration of treatment.
    Condoms and Diaphragms: The use of Canesten Soft Gel Pessary may weaken latex condoms and diaphragms, potentially reducing their effectiveness. It is recommended to use alternative methods of contraception during treatment and for at least five days afterward.
    Multiple Infections: If you have experienced multiple fungal infections within a short period, consult with a healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment.

    Patient information leaflet

    Download patient information leaflet (PIL) on the link below:


    Can I Use Canesten Soft Gel Pessary for Recurrent Thrush?

    Yes, Canesten Soft Gel Pessary can be used to treat recurrent thrush. However, if you experience frequent recurrences, consult with a healthcare provider for a comprehensive evaluation and potential preventive measures.

    How Long Does It Take for Canesten Soft Gel Pessary to Work?

    Many individuals experience relief from thrush symptoms within a few days of starting treatment with Canesten Soft Gel Pessary. However, complete resolution may take the full course of treatment, which is typically one to three days.

    Can I Have Intercourse While Using Canesten Soft Gel Pessary?

    It is generally recommended to avoid sexual intercourse during the course of treatment with Canesten Soft Gel Pessary, as it may weaken latex condoms or diaphragms. It's advisable to wait until treatment is completed.

    Can Men Use Canesten Soft Gel Pessary?

    Canesten Soft Gel Pessary is specifically designed for vaginal use and is intended for women. Men with thrush symptoms should consult with a healthcare provider for appropriate treatment options.

    What Should I Do If My Symptoms Persist After Using Canesten Soft Gel Pessary?

    If your symptoms persist or worsen after completing the full course of Canesten Soft Gel Pessary treatment, consult with a healthcare provider. It may be necessary to explore other potential causes and treatments for your symptoms.

    Medically reviewed and published

    This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead |

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