What is Canesten Duo?
Canesten Duo is a pack containing an oral capsule and a tube of cream designed to treat thrush in women and men.
It treats the itching, stinging, soreness and discharge associated with this kind of fungal infection in women. It is also an effective male thrush treatment for those with symptoms of penile thrush or balanitis. This includes itching and redness at the head of the penis.
How does Canesten Duo work?
Canesten Duo medicine for thrush contains two active substances. The capsule contains fluconazole and the cream contains clotrimazole. These are both antifungal medications that work to kill the candida yeast that causes thrush infections.
How do you use Canesten Duo?
For maximum effectiveness, you should use this thrush treatment as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. You should also read the patient information leaflet in full before taking this medication.
Swallow the thrush capsule whole with a glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.
The cream is to be used externally only. It treats the symptoms of external thrush such as an itchy, sore vulva. Apply a thin layer to the affected area 2-3 times a day. Continue using until all symptoms have gone (up to 7 days).
If your sexual partner is male, the Canesten cream can be applied to the head of his penis, even if he is showing no signs of thrush. Doing this can help prevent reinfection. In this situation, cream should be applied 2-3 times a day for up to 2 weeks.
How effective is Canesten Duo?
Canesten Duo is a clinically proven thrush treatment when used correctly. Your symptoms should have gone within 2 days of treatment, but you should see your doctor if you find that you still have thrush symptoms after 7 days.
If your symptoms return after 7 days, you can take another capsule, but if you have more than 2 outbreaks of thrush in 6 months you should see your doctor.
There are certain things you can do to help prevent further thrush outbreaks in future. You should avoid wearing tight clothing and underwear. Make sure your underwear is cotton if possible, although silk is another good option. You should also avoid using highly perfumed shower gels or bath products.
What are the main side effects of Canesten Duo?
Like all medicines, Canesten Duo can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Common Canesten oral capsule side effects:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhoea and wind
Common Canesten cream side effects:
- Itching and burning
For a full list of Canesten side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does Canesten oral take to work?
If taken correctly, Canesten Duo should start to relieve your symptoms in two days. If your symptoms last longer than 7 days, you should see your doctor.
What is Canesten cream used for?
Canesten cream is used to treat thrush by killing the fungus causing the infection and ease the itching and soreness of the vulva and the head of the penis.
How to apply Canesten cream?
Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area around the vagina or on the head of the penis 2-3 times a day until all symptoms are gone (up to 7 days).
Can men use Canesten?
Canesten Duo is suitable for both men and women.