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Canesten Combi

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Buy Canesten Combi Pack Online

Canesten Combi is a combined treatment for vaginal thrush. Each pack of Canesten Combi contains a 500mg pessary, which treats the internal symptoms of vaginal thrush, and a tube of Canesten 2% cream to treat the external symptoms.

Once pack of Canesten Combi is a full course of treatment for vaginal thrush, and comes with both the pessary and cream, as well as an applicator to safely insert the pessary.

You can get Canesten Combi delivered discreetly to your door from our online pharmacy. Simply complete our short online medical form for our doctor to review.

If your order is approved before 3pm on a weekday, our UK based pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your item via a discreet, next-day delivery.

What is vaginal thrush?

Thrush is a fungal infection which is caused by an overabundance of naturally occurring fungi which live in the body. In the case of vaginal thrush, these organisms are called candida. Normally, the amount of fungi present in the vagina is regulated by the body and causes no problems.

However, changes to the vagina can cause the fungi to grow rapidly and overwhelm the natural defences which regulate the organisms.

You may be more at risk of developing a yeast infection if you:

  • have a weakened immune system (HIV/AIDS)
  • have diabetes
  • regularly take antibiotics

Vaginal thrush is often diagnosed based on the symptoms of the condition. These symptoms include:

  • Discomfort during sex
  • Itching around the labia (entrance to the vagina)
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Stinging when passing urine
  • Thick and white, or thin and watery vaginal discharge

These symptoms may the sign of a different vaginal infection. If you are experiencing these symptoms for the first time, or are unsure whether the symptoms you are experiencing are thrush, speak to your doctor.

For people who have had vaginal thrush before and are experiencing symptoms again, you can order vaginal thrush treatments through our online prescribing service.

One medication that can help combat these symptoms is Canesten (clotrimazole).

You can buy Canesten Combi to treat vaginal thrush from Prescription Doctor's trusted online pharmacy. Simply complete our short medical form for one of our doctors to review.


How Does Canesten Combi Work?

Canesten contains an ingredient called clotrimazole, which inhibits fungi's ability to produce ergosterol.

Without ergosterol, the walls of the cells become weakened. The weakened cell walls develop holes which allows the contents of the cell to spill out, killing them.

How long does Canesten take to work for vaginal thrush?

You should start to feel better after 3 days of using Canesten Combi.

If you do not notice an improvement in your symptoms after using Canesten for 7 days, speak to your doctor.


How Do I Use Canesten?

There are two different packs of Canesten Combi - one with a soft gel pessary and cream, and one with a hard pessary and cream.

Internal Pessary

The internal pessary is a small device which is inserted into the vagina, using the provided applicator.

You should insert the Canesten pessary at bedtime.

The pessary dissolves inside the vagina, releasing clotrimazole to fight the infection directly. Depending on whether you buy Canesten Combi with a soft gel pessary or regular pessary, the shape and appearance of the pessary may be different.

  1. Remove the applicator from the packaging. Retract the plunger until it stops.
  2. Remove one of the pessaries from the foil packaging and fix it firmly to the end of the applicator with a gentle twist. The pessary should fit snugly onto the end of the applicator.
  3. Carefully insert the applicator into your vagina as deep as is comfortable. You may find it easier to do this while lying on your back with your knees up.
  4. Slowly press the plunger until it stops. This dispenses the pessary into the vagina.
  5. Carefully remove the applicator and dispose it safely. Do not flush the applicator down the toilet.

Detailed instructions on how to use Canesten Combi can be found in the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

External Cream

The cream inside the Canesten Combi pack is for use on the vulva (the area around the opening of the vagina).

You should apply the cream 2 or 3 times daily until the symptoms disappear.

  1. Before you use the cream, invert the cap over the end and pierce the seal of the tube.
  2. Apply a thin and even amount of cream to the area near your vagina's entrance two or three times each day. Gently smooth it in. A 2cm strip of Canesten cream should cover an area the size of your hand.
  3. Wash your hands after applying the cream.

Your thrush symptoms should go away within a few days of treatment with Canesten. If you do not see any improvement after a week, you need to let your doctor know.

If you experience a recurrence of the infection after a week, you can use one further treatment, however, you will need to see your doctor if in the past six months you've had more than two infections.

Only use the external cream on the outside of your vagina.

Do not use Canesten vaginal cream during your menstrual cycle as it may reduce the effectiveness of treatment.

Do not use the following while using Canesten vaginal cream:

  • Spermicide
  • Tampons
  • Intra vaginal douches
  • Other vaginal products

Talk with your doctor to see if there is anything else you should avoid while using Canesten Combi.

What should I do if I forget to use Canesten when I should?

If you forget to apply Canesten Cream when you should, use it as soon as you remember and continue to use it as prescribed. If it is nearly time for your next dose of Canesten cream, skip the missed dose and apply the cream at the next usual time.

Do not use more Canesten 2% cream to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I use too much Canesten?

Using more Canesten cream than you should may result in redness and discomfort.

Use less cream the next time you use it.


Canesten Side Effects and Cautions

Before you use Canesten Combi for vaginal thrush, read the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine. The patient information leaflet contains instructions on using, disposing and storing Canesten, as well as information regarding the safety of the medicine.

You can view the patient information leaflet for Canesten Combi online (PDF).

Side effects of Canesten Combi

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. Understanding the side effects and remaining vigilant of them is important to your treatment.

Canesten pessary side effects may include:

  • Itching, rash, swelling, redness, discomfort, burning, irritation, vaginal peeling or bleeding.
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvic area

Canesten cream side effects may include:

  • Blisters
  • Burning, discomfort or irritation
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal peeling

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Canesten cream and pessaries, including a complete list of side effects associated with Canesten Combi, can be found inside the patient information leaflet.

If you experience any side effects, whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, inform your doctor straight away.

Allergies

Do not use Canesten Combi if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any of Canesten's other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction after using Canesten cream or pessaries, stop using Canesten and seek immediate medical attention. Go straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that the doctors treating you know exactly you took.

Signs of allergic reaction may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Weakness, dizziness or feeling faint

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Combi if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or breastfeeding.

Other safety information

Please inform our doctor of all medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor, bought over the counter, as well as health and herbal supplements.

While vaginal thrush is not classed as an STI, it can be pass on through sex. While treating vaginal thrush, you should avoid sex until the infection has cleared.

Clotrimazole cream can damage latex condoms, making them less protective.

Do not use Canesten Combi past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date usually refers to the last day of the specified month.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste as it can damage the environment. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose it on your behalf.

Always store medicines out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share a medicine which has been prescribed to you with anyone else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.


Canesten Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I forget to take Canesten when I should?

If you forget a dose of Canesten, apply the cream as soon as you remember and then return to your regular treatment schedule as usual.

What should I do if I take too much Canesten?

If you're taking more Canesten than instructed, talk with your doctor. While it's unlikely using too much Canesten will harm you, it still could increase your risks of experiencing side effects.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Canesten?

Yes. You can drink alcohol while taking Canesten Combi.

Will Canesten impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Canesten does not affect your ability to operate machinery or drive.

What's the difference between Canesten cream and Canesten combi?

Canesten Combi is intended to treat vaginal thrush. This treatment contains a pessary device to clear the internal infection and a cream to soothe the external symptoms.

What's the difference between Canesten Combi and Canesten Duo?

While both Canesten Combi and Canesten Duo contain a topical cream to treat the external symptoms, Canesten Duo uses an oral capsule to treat the internal infection while Canesten Combi contains a pessary.

If you are unsure which pack is most suitable for you, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.


Table of contents

Buy Canesten Combi Pack Online

How Does Canesten Work?

How Do I Use Canesten?

Canesten Side Effects and Cautions

Canesten Frequently Asked Questions

Additional resources

Why do I keep getting thrush?

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Canesten Combi
  • Manufacturer: Bayer Plc
  • Active Ingredient(s): Clotrimazole
  • Administration: Intravaginal/topical
  • Presentation: Intravaginal Pessary and Topical Cream
  • Available Strength: 500mg pessary and 2% cream
  • Exemption: Prescription Only
  • Dosage: Insert 1 pessary and apply cream 2 or 3 times a day until the infection disappears.
  • Description: Canesten Combi is a vaginal thrush treatment which contains a pessary and a topical cream which both contain clotrimazole.
  • Drug Class: Antifungal
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before using Canesten Combi if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before using Canesten Combi if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Canesten Combi - Patient Information Leaflet

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