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Canesten 1% Cream

Canesten 1% Cream (50g)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 22 Jun and Wed. 23 Jun.

Description for Canesten 1% Cream

Canesten Cream 1%, is a popular and proven cream that treats a variety of fungal infections in both men and women fast and effectively.

Product Information

  • Age: From Birth

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

Canesten Cream 1% is a popular antifungal treatment that can be used by both men and women. It contains the active ingredient clotrimazole 1%. Canesten 1% cream is used to treat infections of the skin that are caused by yeast, dermatopytes, molds, and fungi. These infections can lead to conditions like:

• Athlete’s foot
• Jock itch
• Ringworm
• Fungal nappy rash
• Sweat rash
• Vaginal thrush

Fungal skin infections are spread with ease. If infected, ensure you do not share personal items, such as towel or flannels until your infection has fully cleared up.

Clotrimazole kills fungi and yeast by inhibiting their ability to produce a substance called ergosterol. Ergosterol is an essential component of the fungal cell membrane. Inhibiting the production of ergosterol leads to holes appearing in the cell membrane. These holes allow essential constituents of the fungal cell to leak out, which kills the cell.

If you are experiencing a discharge, it should be white and odourless. If your discharge is yellow or with odour, this may indicate a bacterial infection. Canesten would not be an effective treatment against bacterial infections. You should consult your doctor or pharmacist prior to using this medicine you are unsure as to the cause of your infection.

Canesten cream can damage latex, which, if exposed, may compromise the effectiveness of condoms and diaphragms. If you are using the cream to treat the vagina or the penis, it is recommended to us an alternative form of contraception. It is important to remember that having sex whilst infected with thrush will likely transmit your infection to your partner.

Pharmacist tips

Canesten cream can be used to treat a number of symptoms, including vaginal thrush in women between the ages of 16-60. These symptoms include; redness, itching, swelling of the vagina, and a discharge resembling cottage cheese.

Your treatment can be helped if you follow these tips:

• Try to avoid scratching the infected areas as this will damage the skin’s surface, allowing the infection to spread further
• Keep the affected areas clean
• Pay extra attention to drying the infected skin, but try to avoid excessive rubbing
• Do not share personal items, such as bath mats and towels. This will help to stop spreading the infection to others.
• Ensure you wash your hands after treating the infection to help prevent it from spreading.


Canesten cream is a multi-purpose cream and it can be used to treat external symptoms and give relief. It can be used on its own or combined with a probiotic supplement that replaces the bacteria that the body needs and aids recovery from thrush and can help prevent episodes of thrush re-occurring.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

For conditions like athlete’s foot and ringworm, treatment should be continued for at least one month. Bouts of thrush will require at least two weeks of treatment. You should carry on using Canesten cream for one week after your symptoms have cleared – this will help ensure that the infection is fully treated and does not return.

If you are using Canesten cream to treat athlete’s foot, you should ensure your feet are washed and properly dried prior to use (especially between the toes).

If Canesten cream is being used to treat vaginal thrush, it will only relieve the external symptoms. These include; itching, inflammation and soreness. Canesten cream will not treat the infection inside the vagina, meaning it should be used in combination with another thrush treatment, such as clotrimazole pessaries, internal creams or oral medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist can best advise you about what products are suitable.

Prior to use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and pressing down. Canesten should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected skin 2-3 times daily. A strip of cream (approximately half a cm long) is enough to treat a hand-sized area.

The duration of treatment depends upon the type of infection. Generally, 2 weeks of treatment is required, although up to 4 weeks may sometimes be necessary.

If you have athlete’s foot, it may help to use an antifungal dusting powder in conjunction with the Canesten cream. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a suitable product.

After commencement of treatment, your symptoms should improve within a few days. Although the redness and scaling can sometimes take longer to disappear. If symptoms persist, consult with you doctor or pharmacist.

Canesten cream is for external use only. Do not put the cream in your mouth or swallow it. If Canesten cream accidently gets into your eyes or mouth, wash immediately with water and contact your doctor straight away.

If you forget to apply Canesten cream, use it as soon as you remember and continue with the rest of your treatment as usual. If it is nearly time for your next application, simply wait until then to resume your treatment. Do not double-up a dose to make up for any missed applications.

Not everyone will experience side effects when using Canesten cream. However, if side effects do occur they can include:

• Itching
• Rash
• Blisters
• Burning
• Discomfort
• Irritation
• Redness
• Swelling
• Peeling of the skin

If you are concerned about these side effects, or if Canesten cream affects you in any other way, stop using it and consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Canesten cream contains the active ingredient Clotrimazole 1%.

Canesten cream also contains the following inactive ingredients that make up the complete product:

• Benzyl alcohol
• Polysorbate 60
• Sorbitan stearate
• Cetyl palmitate
• Cetostearyl alcohol
• Octyldodecanol
• Purified water

Before use, please ensure you read the following warnings carefully. This will help make sure you are choosing an appropriate product.

Do not use Canesten cream if:

• You are allergic to any of its ingredients
• You are trying to treat a nail or scalp infection

Canesten cream contains cetostearyl alcohol, which can cause local skin irritation, such as itching or redness.

If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive, consult your doctor or midwife before using Canesten cream. Upon consulting your doctor/midwife, ensure you follow their advice carefully.

Please read all product packaging and the patient information leaflet that accompanies this product. Always inform your doctor of any medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Thrush?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Published on: 29-05-2019

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Next review date: 29-05-2023

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