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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Oral Antifungal Capsule



Active Ingredient


Effective within

Symptoms may improve within 2 days

Works by

Treating fungal infections, such as thrush

Side effects

Headache, Stomach discomfort, Diarrhoea Rash, Increased liver function test results

Medication details



Canesten Oral Capsule is an antifungal medication used to treat a variety of fungal infections, including thrush and other yeast infections. The active ingredient in Canesten Oral Capsule is clotrimazole, a commonly used antifungal agent. The oral capsule form of the medication allows for quick and easy treatment, as it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream for fast-acting relief. Canesten Oral Capsule is an effective option for those looking to treat fungal infections, and it can be taken with or without food. As with any medication, it is important to follow the instructions of a healthcare professional when using Canesten Oral Capsule. 


It's important to follow the instructions for using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule. The full course of treatment consists of a single capsule that should be swallowed whole with a glass of water, with or without food. The symptoms of thrush should improve within two days, but if no improvement is seen after seven days, consult your doctor. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.


The active substance in Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule is fluconazole, an antifungal agent that fights the cause of infections like thrush. Other ingredients include colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, sodium lauryl sulfate, and capsule shell components.

Side Effects

Like all medications, Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule can cause side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Common side effects may include headaches, stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and rash. Uncommon side effects may involve changes in blood cells, dizziness, and constipation. Rare side effects might include blood chemistry changes and hair loss. In the case of any unusual effects, consult your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule, consider the following:

- If you are allergic to fluconazole or other antifungal products, avoid using this capsule.

- If you have certain medical conditions or are taking specific medications, consult your doctor before use.

- Women and men should be cautious of using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule in certain conditions, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or genital sores.

- Pregnant, breastfeeding, or attempting to conceive individuals should consult their doctor before using this product.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can I use Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule if I'm currently on antibiotics?

Antibiotics can sometimes disrupt the balance of bacteria in your body and lead to fungal infections like thrush. If you're currently on antibiotics, it's a good idea to consult your doctor before using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule to ensure it's the right choice for you.

Can men use Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule?

Yes, Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule can be used by both men and women to treat thrush. However, men should consult their doctor before use, especially if they have any genital sores, abnormal discharge, or other symptoms.

How quickly should I expect to see improvement after using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule?

Most people experience improvement in their symptoms within two days of using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule. If you don't notice any improvement after seven days of use, it's recommended to consult your doctor.

Can I take Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Pregnant and breastfeeding individuals should consult their doctor before using Canesten Thrush Oral Capsule. While it's generally not recommended during pregnancy, your healthcare provider can guide you based on your individual circumstances.

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