Lotrimin AF Cream Uses, Side Effects & Warnings (2024)

Generic name: clotrimazole topical [kloe-TRIM-a-zole]
Brand names: Anti-Fungal Liquid, FungiCURE Pump Spray, Lotrimin AF Cream for Ringworm, Lotrimin AF For Her, Lotrimin AF Jock Itch, ... show all 9 brands
Drug class: Topical antifungals

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Aug 1, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Lotrimin AF Cream?

Lotrimin AF Cream is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.

Lotrimin AF Cream (for the skin) is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.

Lotrimin AF Cream may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Lotrimin AF Cream side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Lotrimin AF Cream may cause serious side effects. Stop using Lotrimin AF Cream and call your doctor at once if you have:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Lotrimin AF Athlete's Foot Cream side effects (more detail)

Warnings

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Related/similar drugs

hydrocortisone topical, clotrimazole topical, ketoconazole topical, terbinafine, miconazole topical, Lamisil, Westcort

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Lotrimin AF Cream if you are allergic to it.

Lotrimin AF Cream is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether clotrimazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Lotrimin AF Cream?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Lotrimin AF Cream is for use only on the skin.

Wash your hands before and after using Lotrimin AF Cream, unless you are using it to treat a hand infection.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the cream (usually twice daily) for 2 to 4 weeks.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. Avoid using bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine.

Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse, or if your condition does not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Detailed Lotrimin AF Athlete's Foot Cream dosage information

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Lotrimin AF Cream is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using clotrimazole topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Avoid using other skin medications on the areas you treat with Lotrimin AF Cream unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear clothing made of loose cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

What other drugs will affect Lotrimin AF Cream?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied clotrimazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Frequently asked questions

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Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circ*mstances.

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Lotrimin AF Cream Uses, Side Effects & Warnings (2024)

FAQs

Lotrimin AF Cream Uses, Side Effects & Warnings? ›

Burning, stinging, swelling, irritation, redness, pimple-like bumps, tenderness, or flaking of the treated skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

What precautions should be taken when using Lotrimin? ›

Precautions. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to butenafine; or to allylamine antifungals (such as naftifine, terbinafine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Does Lotrimin enter the bloodstream? ›

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when Lotrimin AF is applied to the skin, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream, including: dry mouth, sore tongue, tooth pain, red or swollen gums; altered sense of taste; nausea, diarrhea; or.

What happens if you use too much Lotrimin? ›

If you use too much clotrimazole cream, spray or solution or use it more often than you need to, it may make your skin irritated or red. If this happens, use less the next time.

Is Lotrimin a steroid cream? ›

No, clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF) isn't a topical steroid; it's a topical antifungal that's used to treat fungal skin infections. Depending on your infection, your provider might prescribe a topical steroid along with clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF).

What are the side effects of Lotrimin AF? ›

Burning, stinging, swelling, irritation, redness, pimple-like bumps, tenderness, or flaking of the treated skin may occur.

What does Lotrimin do to skin? ›

It works by damaging the protective outer layer of the fungus that's causing the infection, which ultimately kills it. You should start to see improvements in your symptoms about 1 week after starting treatment with Lotrimin. But you'll need to keep using it to fully treat the infection.

Is there any harm in using antifungal cream? ›

Occasionally, antifungal medicines may cause a more severe reaction, such as: an allergic reaction – your face, neck or tongue may swell and you may have difficulty breathing.

Does Lotrimin affect liver? ›

Abnormal liver function tests have been reported in patients treated with clotrimazole lozenges. Elevated SGOT levels were reported in about 15% of patients in clinical trials. Elevations were usually minimal and difficult to distinguish if caused by clotrimazole, other treatments or underlying disease.

Why is Lotrimin being recalled? ›

The drug manufacturer, Bayer U.S. LLC, is voluntarily recalling these products at the consumer level due to the presence of benzene in some samples of the products. Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen.

Is Lotrimin safe for private parts? ›

No. Don't treat your vagin*l yeast infection with clotrimazole cream (Lotrimin AF) that's specifically meant for athlete's foot, ringworm, or jock itch. Don't put clotrimazole cream that's used for these fungal skin infections inside of the vagin* or on the outside skin of the vagin*.

How to know if a fungal infection is healing? ›

The symptoms of fungal infections, such as itching or soreness, should get better within a few days of treatment. Red and scaly skin may take longer to get better. You may need treatment for between 1 and 4 weeks.

Is Lotrimin Ultra better than Lotrimin AF? ›

Lotrimin® offers a range of products to manage athlete's foot. Lotrimin Ultra® cures most athlete's foot between the toes and Lotrimin® AF products treat most athlete's foot. Lotrimin® AF Daily Prevention with Tolnaftate helps prevent most athlete's foot when used as directed.

Who should not use Lotrimin? ›

You should not use Lotrimin AF Cream if you are allergic to it. Lotrimin AF Cream is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether clotrimazole topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.

What is the strongest over the counter antifungal? ›

Lamisil comes in a spray and powder spray, in addition to the cream form. How it works: The most effective of all OTC treatments, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, terbinafine is an antifungal product that kills the fungus and keeps it from coming back by inhibiting an enzyme it requires to grow.

When should you not use clotrimazole? ›

Do not use clotrimazole pessaries if:
  1. you're allergic to clotrimazole or any of the ingredients in the medicine.
  2. you're having your period – wait until it's finished.

Can you put socks on after applying for Lotrimin? ›

Apply Lotrimin AF to the Infected Area Three Times a Day

If you can, let it air dry for 15 minutes before putting on your socks and shoes, Dr. Scanlon says. And don't stop using a cream or powder until two to three weeks after you notice the infection is gone.

How long does it take for Lotrimin to start working? ›

How long does it take for Lotrimin® products to work? For athlete's foot: Lotrimin Ultra® Athlete's Foot Cream – prescription strength, cures most athlete's foot between the toes when used 2x per day for 1 week, or 1x per day for 4 weeks.

How long does it take Lotrimin to cure yeast infection? ›

The symptoms of fungal infections, such as itching or soreness, should get better within a few days of treatment. Red and scaly skin may take longer to get better. You may need treatment for between 1 and 4 weeks. Keep using clotrimazole for 2 weeks even if your symptoms have gone.

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