Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream)

Combination of single dose pessary and external cream to treat thrush

  • Combination Pack
  • Reduce Itchiness and Discomfort with External Cream
  • Single Dose Pessary Treatment
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What is in Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream)?

Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream) is a combination pack of a single 500mg pessary and a tube of 2% external cream. Both items contain the active ingredient clotrimazole. Clotrimazole is an antifungal used to treat thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection caused by the fungus Candida that can affect the genitals of both men and women. Symptoms of thrush include irritation and itchiness in the affected area, as well as white discharge.


How does Clotrimazole work?

Clotrimazole works by blocking the production of ergosterol, an essential component of the fungi cell membrane. This causes the fungal cell to break down, thereby preventing Candida from growing and spreading.


What is Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream) used for?

The cream is used to treat vaginal thrush. It may be used by women who are suffering from dryness or who prefer it over a tablet.


Usage and Instructions

Is Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream) suitable for me?

Clotrimazole is generally well tolerated with few side effects. Start your online consultation to find out!


How do I use Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream)?

The pessary is for vaginal-use only. It should be inserted as high as possible into the vagina using the applicator included in the box. For a more comfortable treatment, the treatment should be applied just before bed.

The cream should be thinly applied to the external surrounding area, two or three times daily and rubbed in gently. If symptoms do not improve after 7 days, consult your doctor.

If the cream is being used for treatment of the sexual partner’s penis it should be applied two or three times daily for up to two weeks.


How long does Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream) take to work?

The treatment should clear the infection within three days of use. However, if symptoms still persist after seven days of use, please consult your doctor.


Is it safe to use Canesten Thrush Pessary and Canesten External Cream together?

Yes, you can use Canesten Thrush Pessary at the same time as Canesten 1%  External or Canesten 2% External Cream. The pessary will fight the infection from within, while the cream can be applied externally in order to provide relief from itch.

Potential Side Effects

Please read the enclosed Patient Information Leaflet carefully before use.

Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary and External Cream) is generally well tolerated. Any side effects are usually mild.

Some people may experience side effects including:

  • Vaginal irritation, itchiness, burning, stinging or redness. Consult your doctor as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms after using the treatment
  • Pelvic pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding


Some people may be allergic to the medication and come up with a skin rash, itching, swelling around the lips and face, difficulty breathing or swallowing. If this happens, stop the medication and seek medical attention immediately.