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Canesten (Clotrimazole) 100mg Pessary

Canesten Pessary (100mg, 200mg & 500mg)

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Canesten Pessaries are vaginal tablets used to treat thrush. The product includes an easy-to-use applicator, taking the treatment directly to the infection site. Use at night for best results.
Many women suffer from thrush, which can cause significant discomfort especially in reoccurring cases. Use Canesten Pessary preferably at night, to provide fast, effective relief from the itch, uncomfortable and soreness that accompanies thrush.
Vaginal candidiasis, or thrush, causes itching and discomfort in women, conditions that can be both unpleasant and embarrassing. Sufferers hope to find fast-acting treatment which is where Canesten Pessary Clotrimazole can prove invaluable. 

This product treats the infection internally and externally to ensure that all symptoms of thrush are addressed. The treatment provides rapid relief from itch and discomfort, allowing quick recovery.
For enhanced relief, you may also use a cream on the outside of the vagina (vulva and labia) to relieve the external symptoms of thrush, such as itching, inflammation and soreness. Clotrimazole 1% or 2% creams are suitable for this purpose.
The active ingredient in Canesten Pessaries is clotrimazole, an antifungal medication that treats fungi and yeast infections. Clotrimazole kills the thrush-causing Candida fungi, by interfering with its cell membranes. The fungi’s cell membranes are vital to their survival as they prevent unwanted substances from entering and stop the contents of the cells from leaking out. Clotrimazole creates holes in these membranes, which kills the fungi and clears the infection.
Canesten pessaries may damage latex condoms and diaphragms. You should use an alternative method of contraception for at least five days after using this medication, or preferably abstain from sex until after the infection has cleared. Remember that having sex while you still have thrush is likely to transmit the infection to your partner, who could infect you again.
If your sexual partner also exhibits thrush symptoms (soreness and redness of the penis, tightness of the foreskin or a white, odourless discharge from the penis), they should be treated at the same time as with clotrimazole cream, to prevent you being re-infected. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Clotrimazole’s safety during pregnancy has not been studied. However, it has been used by a large number of women during pregnancy without harmful effects. Consult your doctor or midwife before using this medicine during pregnancy. If you have your doctor’s approval, use your fingers, not the applicator, to insert the pessary.

Clotrimazole is unlikely that any of the medicine will pass into breast milk since very little is absorbed into the bloodstream from the vagina it. However, as with all medicines, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication if you are breastfeeding.

Buy Canesten online and it can be with you as quickly as the next day.

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

Adults, including the elderly (under 60 years old) and adolescents 16 years and over: 
For the treatment of vaginal thrush only.
Canesten 100mg Pessaries: Either insert one pessary at night for 6 consecutive nights or insert two pessaries a night for 3 consecutive nights.
Canesten 200mg Pessaries: Insert one pessary using the applicator in to the vagina at night. Use for 3 consecutive nights.
Canesten 500mg Pessaries: Using the applicator, insert one pessary into the vagina at night. Ensure you wash your hands before and after inserting the pessary.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take medication, however if you do they can include: 
Vaginal irritation and burning sensation may occur.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredients contained in Canesten Pessary is clotrimazole 200mg.

The medicine also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product: 

Calcium lactate pentahydrate, maize starch, crospovidone, colloidal anhydrous silica, lactic acid, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose and microcrystalline cellulose.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product. 

  • Consult your doctor if this is your first time to experience candidal vaginitis symptoms. 
  • If you or your partner has ever had a sexually transmitted disease, or if you have had more than 2 candidal vaginitis in the last 6 months, consult your doctor before using the product. 
  • If you are aged over 60 years of age or under 16 years of age, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to vaginal antifungal products including imidazoles and Canesten, consult your doctor before using the product. 
  • Avoid using Canesten Pessary, if you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. 
  • Consult your doctor before using Canesten Pessary if you have irregular and abnormal vaginal bleeding or foul smelling vaginal discharge or blood-stained discharge, nausea or vomiting, fever or chills, diarrhoea, vaginal or vulval ulcers, sores or blisters, dysuria, lower abdominal pain or adverse events such as irritation, redness or swelling associated with this product. 
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of 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 - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 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 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 and in your account.

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

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.



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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I use Canesten 500mg pessary?

    Using the provided applicator, insert the pessary high into the vagina as a single dose at bedtime. Follow the instructions provided in the pack. If you have your period you should wait until it’s finished before using the pessary.
    Consult your doctor if your symptoms have not improved within a week of using the pessary.

  • Can I take other medications while using Canesten Pessary?

    In general, you may take Canesten pessary with other medications by mouth, inhaler, injection etc. However, don’t use other vaginal medicines, spermicides, vaginal douches or tampons while using this medication. If you are not sure, consult your pharmacist.

  • Tips for avoiding thrush

    Avoid using deodorants and perfumed products in and around your intimate area.
    Maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid stress to keep your immune system strong.
    Avoid high-sugar foods.
    If you take antibiotics, consult your doctor before using thrush treatments.
    Change your tampons or pads frequently.
    Wipe from front to back after going to the toilet.
    Change your underwear after swimming and working out.
    Do not take very hot baths

  • Are there any side effects associated with Canesten Pessaries?

    Canesten shouldn’t cause any serious side-effects. It occasionally causes some irritation when it is first used. If you experience any other symptoms, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • How to store Canesten Pessaries

    Keep out of the reach of children.

    Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

  • Special precautions for Canesten Pessaries

    Like other pessaries, Canesten Pessary may reduce the effectiveness of condoms or diaphragms.

    You should use alternative contraception for at least five days after using this product, or abstain from sex.

    Do not use intravaginal douches, tampons, spermicides or other vaginal products while using Canessten Pessary.

    When you have thrush, avoid vaginal intercourse because you may infect your partner.

  • Using other medication with Canesten

    Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you take or have recently taken any prescribed or over-the-counter medications.
    Tell your doctor if you take tacrolimus or sirolimus (to prevent organ rejection after a transplant).
    Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

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Dr Donald Grant

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Published on: 10-01-2017

Last modified on: 10-01-2019

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Leanne Sinclair


Reviewed on: 10-01-2019

Next review date: 10-01-2021

Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.

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