Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Birth control: Clotrimazole may reduce the effectiveness of latex condoms, diaphragms, and vaginal spermicides. Use of alternative forms of birth control while using this medication is recommended.
First-time users: If this is your first time experiencing a vaginal yeast infection, you should see your doctor before using clotrimazole.
For external use only: Clotrimazole vaginal cream, tablets, and topical or external cream are for vaginal and external use only. These medications should not be taken by mouth.
Other medical conditions: If you have fever, abdominal pain, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge, your symptoms may be due to a more serious condition other than a yeast infection. Talk to your doctor immediately and do not use clotrimazole.
If you do not see any improvement in your symptoms in 3 days, if they do not disappear in 7 days, or if they worsen, your symptoms may be due to a condition other than a yeast infection. Stop using this medication and see your doctor immediately.
If you have multiple sexual partners or change partners often, see your doctor before using this medication.
Repeat infections: If you have frequent vaginal yeast infections or if your yeast infection returns in less than 2 months, see your doctor before using this medication again.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are pregnant and believe this medication is necessary, contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if clotrimazole passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Clotrimazole should not be used by girls less than 12 years of age, unless recommended by a doctor.