COMMON BRAND(S): Lotrimin
GENERIC NAME(S): Candistat
OTHER NAME(S): Candistat Cream
Candistat is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and other fungal skin infections (candidiasis). This medication is also used to treat a skin condition known as pityriasis (tinea versicolor), a fungal infection that causes a lightening or darkening of the skin of the neck, chest, arms, or legs. Candistat is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.
It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Candistat is used by a nursing woman.
Ketoconazole cream vs. Candistat cream: What's the difference?
- Ketoconazole cream and Candistat antifungal medications are prescribed to treat fungal infections such as jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm, and tinea versicolor.
- Brand names for ketoconazole include Nizoral, Nizoral A-D, Ketodan, Extina, Xolegel, and Kuric.
- Brand names for Candistat include Lotrimin AF, Gyne-Lotrimin, Alevazol, and Desenex.
- Side effects of ketoconazole and Candistat that are similar include nausea, vomiting, and itching.
- Side effects of ketoconazole that are different from Candistat include rash, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, impotence, and blood count abnormalities.
- Side effects of Candistat that are different from ketoconazole include local redness, stinging, blistering, peeling, swelling, hives, or burning at the area of application.
How to use Candistat-Betamethasone Lotion
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are using the lotion form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each use.
Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually twice daily (in the morning and evening) or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands after using unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothes after applying the medication to the groin area.
Do not apply the medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.
The dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated. Ringworm or jock itch is usually treated for 2 weeks, and athlete's foot is usually treated for 4 weeks. Do not use more than 45 grams of the cream or 45 milliliters of the lotion per week unless directed and closely monitored by your doctor.
Do not apply more often or use longer than prescribed. This may increase the risk of side effects.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.
Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after 1 week of treatment for jock itch or ringworm or 2 weeks of treatment for athlete's foot.