What is a Clotrimazole Pessary?
A Clotrimazole 500mg pessary is used in the treatment of vaginal thrush. A pessary is a tablet that is inserted into the vagina where it dissolves to provide internal treatment for fungal infections.
This Clotrimazole pessary is the generic (unbranded) version of the Canesten pessary.
How does Clotrimazole work?
This pessary contains the active ingredient Clotrimazole at a strength of 500mg. Clotrimazole is an antifungal ingredient that works to kill the fungus that causes thrush.
Pessaries can reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives such as condoms and diaphragms. You should take extra precautions for 5 days after using a vaginal pessary for thrush.
How do you use a Clotrimazole pessary?
You should use your Clotrimazole tablet / pessary as directed by your pharmacist or doctor. You are also advised to read the patient information leaflet fully before using this treatment.
How to use a pessary:
- Wash your hands before and after inserting a pessary.
- Use the applicator to insert the pessary as high into your vagina as it will go, ideally just before going to bed.
A single pessary is sufficient to treat your thrush symptoms. Since this pessary dissolves in the vagina, you may feel more comfortable wearing a panty liner to catch any residue.
How effective are Clotrimazole pessaries?
Clotrimazole pessaries are a clinically proven thrush treatment and you should find your symptoms begin to improve in 3 days. If your symptoms haven’t improved within 7 days you should see a doctor.
You can help to prevent further outbreaks of genital thrush by not wearing tight fitting clothing. Cotton underwear is preferable over other fabrics. It’s also best to avoid the use of highly perfumed shower products and soap.
What are the main side effects of Clotrimazole pessaries?
Like all medicines, Clotrimazole can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Clotrimazole are:
- Itching, burning, irritation or other discomfort
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
For a full list of thrush pessary side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.