Canesten Oral and Cream Duo
is a combined oral and cream thrush treatment that is suitable for men and women.
It comprises one Canesten Capsule
and one handy 10g tube of Canesten Thrush Cream
A convenient pack for the treatment of thrush (vulvitis and balanitis). Canesten Duo is a combined oral and cream treatment specially suited to those with a busy lifestyle who prefer the convenience of a single oral capsule but also need the immediate soothing relief of an external cream.
The Canesten capsule is an effective single dose treatment for vaginal thrush or penile thrush. The thrush cream provides immediate soothing relief from the external itching and soreness caused by the infection.
How to use Canesten Duo
- One Canesten Capsule: Fluconazole 150mg.
- Canesten Thrush Cream 10g: Clotrimazole 2% w/w.
Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water (with or without food). The cream should only be used externally. Apply thinly and evenly over the affected area 2 or 3 times daily and rub in gently. Treatment should be continued until the symptoms disappear, or up to 1 week in women and up to 2 weeks in men.
Remember: thrush can be passed from partner to partner and back again. If you are treating yourself for thrush, it is advisable to treat your partner at the same time to avoid re-infection. Canesten Duo is suitable for treating both men and women.
Symptoms of thrush in women
include persistent burning or itching around the vagina, redness, swelling and soreness. There may also be a whitish discharge from the vagina. Symptoms of thrush in men
include redness of the penis and soreness. There may also be a tightening of the foreskin and a whitish discharge from the penis. Thrush in men can be tricky to diagnose, so if you are unsure then you should seek medical advice.
After taking the capsule initially, and using the cream 2-3 times daily, it usually takes around 3 days for the symptoms to disappear. However, unprotected intercourse should be avoided for up to 7 days. If both partners are infected, then Canesten Duo should be used for both partners, otherwise re-infection can occur. If symptoms persist after 7 days, then another course of treatment should be taken. If, after a second course of treatment, symptoms still persist, then you should consult your GP.
Ingredients and Warnings
The active ingredient in the oral capsule is fluconazole 150mg, an antifungal agent. The inactive ingredients are colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch and sodium lauryl sulphate. The active ingredient in the cream is clotrimazole 2%, an antifungal agent. The inactive ingredients are benzyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, cetyl palmitate, cetostearyl alcohol, octyldecanol and purified water.
Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking terfenadine or cisapride. Do not take Canesten Duo if you are suffering from vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting, or are suffering from any other unusual symptoms. In these cases, you should see your doctor instead.
Some people are particularly susceptible to thrush. Though products such as Canesten Duo are good at treating the symptoms, re-occurrence of thrush can be reduced by using one of our thrush prevention