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Canesten

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Canesten manufacture antifungal medication commonly used in the treatment of fungal yeast infections including thrush, athlete's foot, candida, ringworm and other skin conditions.

Canesten fungal infection treatments come in the form of creams, pessaries and sprays containing active ingredient clotrimazole, while their capsules contain active ingredient fluconozole.

Many Canesten products are suitable as male and female thrush treatments, such as Canesten Oral and Cream Duo and Canesten Oral Capsule, whereas products such as Canesten 500mg Soft Gel Pessary and Canesten Internal Cream are ideal for treatment of female thrush and candida symptoms.

Canesten also produce treatments for cystitis, athlete's foot and fungal skin infections, as well as an antifungal skin treatment made using active ingredient hydrocortisone.

For more information about Canesten, see our Canesten FAQs below.

Canesten Male and Female Thrush Treatments

  • Canesten Oral and Cream Duo

    Canesten Oral and Cream Duo

    Canesten Oral and Cream Duo includes Canesten Cream and one Canesten Oral Capsule in a convenient pack for the treatment of internal and external thrush symptoms in men and women, containing one 150mg fluconazole capsule plus 10g of 2% clotrimazole cream.

    £11.39
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Thrush Cream 20g

    Canesten Thrush Cream 20g

    Canesten Thrush Cream 20g is a 2% clotrimazole cream for the topical treatment of thrush in men and women.

    £7.25
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Oral Capsule

    Canesten Oral Capsule

    Canesten Oral Capsule contains one 150mg fluconazole capsule, suitable for treatment of thrush in men or women.

    £8.80
    (incl VAT)

Canesten Female Thrush Treatments

  • Canesten Cream Combi Internal and External Creams

    Canesten Cream Combi Internal and External Creams

    Canesten Cream Combi Internal and External Creams is a combination of a pre-filled applicator containing soothing clotrimazole 500mg cream (10% w/w) for use inside the vagina and a tube of clotrimazole 200mg cream (2% w/w) for any symptoms outside the vagina.

    £12.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Combi Pessary and Cream

    Canesten Combi Pessary and Cream

    Canesten Combi Pessary and Cream contains one vaginal pessary (500mg clotrimazole) and 10g cream (2% clotrimazole) for treatment of female thrush. The Canesten pessary provides long-lasting treatment inside the vagina while the Canesten soothing cream treats any symptoms around the outside of the vagina.

    £12.30
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Internal Cream

    Canesten Internal Cream

    Canesten Internal Cream is a pre-filled vaginal applicator with one 5g dose of soothing Canesten cream (10% clotrimazole for a 500mg dose). Formerly known as Canesten Once, Canesten Internal Cream is suitable for treatment of female thrush within the vagina.

    £9.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Pessary

    Canesten Pessary

    Canesten Pessary is a single dose clotrimazole application that provides long-lasting treatment of female thrush within the vagina.

    £7.50
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten 500mg Soft Gel Pessary

    Canesten 500mg Soft Gel Pessary

    Canesten 500mg Soft Gel Pessary is a single dose clotrimazole application for the treatment of vaginal thrush that has a unique teardrop shape designed for comfortable insertion to treat the site of the infection.

    £9.70
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Soft Gel Pessary Combi

    Canesten Soft Gel Pessary Combi

    Canesten Soft Gel Pessary Combi is a complete clotrimazole pessary and cream treatment for vaginal thrush that treats both the internal cause and external symptoms. that includes 1 soft gel pessary capsule and 2% w/w cream 10g.

    £12.25
    (incl VAT)

Canesten Cystitis Treatment

Canesten Athlete's Foot Treatments

  • Canesten AF Dual Action Cream

    Canesten AF Dual Action Cream

    Canesten AF Dual Action Cream is an antifungal treatment for athlete's foot containing clotrimazole that has a secondary benefit of killing the bacteria that causes foot odour.

    £2.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Cream 20g

    Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Cream 20g

    Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Cream 20g is an effective treatment for athlete's foot, formulated using active antifungal ingredient bifonazole 1% w/w.

    £4.20
    (incl VAT)

Canesten Fungal Infection Treatments

  • Canesten 1% Cream 20g

    Canesten 1% Cream 20g

    Canesten 1% Cream 20g treats fungal skin infections including ringworm and candidal nappy rash with its active ingredient clotrimazole.

    £3.10
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten 1% Cream 50g

    Canesten 1% Cream 50g

    Canesten 1% Cream 50g is formulated with active ingredient clotrimazole used to treat fungal skin infections including ringworm and candidal nappy rash.

    £5.60
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Hydrocortisone

    Canesten Hydrocortisone

    Canesten Hydrocortisone cream is for the treatment of inflamed sweat rash (candidal intertrigo) and athlete's foot and is formulated with clotrimazole 1% w/w and hydrocortisone 1% w/w.

    £5.20
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Solution 20ml

    Canesten Solution 20ml

    Canesten Solution treats athlete's foot and fungal infections of the skinfolds and is formulated using 1% clotrimazole.

    £4.99
    (incl VAT)
  • Canesten Dermatological Spray

    Canesten Dermatological Spray

    Canesten Dermatological Spray includes active ingredient 1% clotrimazole to treat fungal skin infections such as candidal sweat rash, jock itch and ringworm.

    £7.45
    (incl VAT)
  • Canespro Nail Treatment Set

    Canespro Nail Treatment Set

    Removal of the fungal infected part of the toenail/fingernail in as little as 2 to 3 weeks.

    £28.95
    (incl VAT)

Canesten Feminine Hygiene

Vaginal Dryness

Related Products and Conditions

Canesten FAQs

What does the Canesten range treat?

Canesten treatments contain the active ingredient clotrimazole, an antifungal that is used to treat fungal and yeast infections. Clotrimazole is most commonly used to treat candida infections of the vagina (vulvitis), and candida infections of the skin such as fungal sweat rash and nappy rash.

The Canesten range of antifungals also provides treatment of conditions including female thrush (i.e. vaginal thrush or vulvitis), male thrush (balanitis), athlete's foot, and ringworm. 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.

What active ingredients are in Canesten products?

The majority of Canesten products are based on the following active ingredients:
  • Clotrimazole - an antifungal that is applied to the skin (for example, for athlete's foot or candidal sweat rash) or external membranes such as the vagina or glans of the penis. This is found in the Canesten Thrush Cream (and hence in Canesten Duo), Canesten Pessary, Canesten Cream, Canesten AF and Canesten Hydrocortisone products.
  • Fluconazole - an antifungal that comes in tablet form, is swallowed and works inside the body to stop fungal infections from within the body. This is found in the Canesten Oral Capsule.


  • In addition, Canesten Hydrocortisone contains hydrocortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that should be used sparingly and only for short periods of time.

    Canesten Oasis contains a mixture of acidic ingredients that provide effective relief for cystitis in many women.

    What is the difference between "Canesten Thrush Cream" and "Canesten Cream"?

    Canesten Thrush Cream (2% clotrimazole) is twice as strong as Canesten Cream (1% clotrimazole). The dosages are important, and so you should not use thrush cream for fungal skin infections or vice versa.

    How can I decide between all the Canesten thrush treatments?

  • For male thrush, the simplest and most complete thrush treatment is Canesten Duo.

  • For female thrush, a variety of treatments are effective. Canesten Duo is effective, but some women may find the [** pessaries=canesten pessary] or [** internal creams=canesten internal cream] more familiar, more effective or more convenient.


  • Whichever treatment you choose, remember that it is best to treat both yourself and your partner simultaneously, to prevent each partner from re-infecting the other.

    What is the difference between Canesten and Diflucan?

    Diflucan contains the same active ingredient as the Canesten Oral Capsule, and at the same strength. As Diflucan is no longer available over the counter, Express Chemist recommend Canesten Oral Capsule in place of Diflucan. The same capsule is also found in Canesten Duo, which is a combined capsule and cream for the treatment of thrush.

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