clotrimazole topical (cont.)
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Who should not use clotrimazole topical?
Do not use clotrimazole topical if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
Clotrimazole topical is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use clotrimazole topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether clotrimazole passes into breast milk. Do not use clotrimazole topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use clotrimazole topical?
Use clotrimazole topical exactly as directed by your doctor or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication, unless you are using it to treat a hand infection.
Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the cream (usually twice daily) for 2 to 4 weeks.
Do not take this medication by mouth.
If the infection does not clear up in 4 weeks, or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor.
Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.
Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Store clotrimazole topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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