Thrush is a common infection that most women have some time in their lives and is not caused by a lack of personal hygiene.
Thrush is caused by a yeast (fungus) called Candida which may live harmlessly in the vagina without you even noticing it. However, the natural balance that keeps candida under control can be upset by many factors such as hormonal changes (menstruation, contraceptive pill, pregnancy, menopause), poor health, antibiotics, perfumed soaps, bath additives and tight clothing.
If the level of yeast increases, it can develop into a thrush infection causing any of the following symptoms: persistent burning itching around the vagina and vulva, redness, swelling and soreness of the tissues of the vagina and vulva and a whitish, odourless discharge from the vagina.
If this is the first time you have had these symptoms, talk to your doctor before using any treatment.
What is Canesten Once ?
Canesten Once is a single application for the treatment of vaginal thrush.
It is soothing intravaginal cream in a prefilled applicator for treatment at the site of infection.
When not to use Canesten Once
Do not use this product if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the active ingredient, clotrimazole. If you are unsure about this, ask your doctor.
See your doctor as soon as possible and do not use Canesten Once if you have any of the following symptoms :
*Irregular vaginal bleeding
*Abnormal vaginal bleeding or a blood-stained discharge
*Ulcers, blisters or sores of the vagina or vulva
*Lower abdominal pain
*Pain or difficulty in passing urine
*Fever or chills
*Feeling sick or vomiting
*A foul smelling discharge from the vagina
This is because Canesten Once may not be the right treatment for you.
If you are unsure whether you have thrush, check with your doctor before using this product.
What special precautions should be taken?
If you are pregnant or are trying for a baby, tell your doctor before using Canesten Once. If you have informed your doctor already, follow his/her instructions carefully. During pregnancy, extra care should be taken when using the applicator.
Before using this product, you should see your doctor if :
When and how to use
The single dose treatment of cream is in a prefilled applicator in a foil blister pack.
The cream should be inserted into the vagina preferably at night so that it can work whilst you sleep.
Remove the applicator from the foil packaging. Place the tip of plunger into the applicator
Unscrew the red cap. Be careful not to press the plunger in any further before you have inserted the applicator into the vagina. This will avoid wasting any cream.
Carefully put the applicator as deep as is comfortable into the vagina (this is easiest when lying on your back with your knees bent up). Holding the applicator in place, slowly press the plunger until it stops so that the pre-measured dose of cream is deposited into the vagina. Remove the applicator. Dispose of the applicator in a safe place, out of the reach of children. The applicator cannot be flushed down the toilet.
The cream is deposited in the vagina, but it is quite common to notice a slight discharge after using the cream and therefore it may be helpful to wear a panty liner. This does not mean that the treatment has not worked.
If no improvement is seen after seven days, you must tell your doctor.
What does Canesten Once contain?
It is a white cream for use inside the vagina.
It contains 10% of the active ingredient Clotrimazole BP. Other ingredients are Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate, Sorbitan Monostearate, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetyl Esters Wax and Water.
The single-doze 5g pack is a full course of treatment
Clotrimazole is an anti-fungal agent which fights the cause of infections such as thrush.