There are two ways to tackle vaginal thrush: either orally or topically. Canesten Duo combines both, a single Fluconazole tablet and a Clotrimazole cream for topical application. Both are fungicides and both work, though the oral treatment is more reliable in my experience.
It is also, in my experience sufficient in most cases although some people might find that the topical application of the cream provides some early relief while the tablet is working. As far as actually treating trush goes, the pill is all you need and it should work in about 2 days (though I usually notice improvement in less than 24 hours).
Altogether, it's a decent product that does what it says on the box. But the box says one more thing: the brand name. And here lies the rub: generic Fluconazole can be bought in a pharmacy for a fraction of the Canesten price (in my local one it was 3GBP vs. 9GBP!). No name clotrimazole cream is not as significantly cheaper as Canesten, but it still is.
All in all, the chemicals in this product work just as they should, but it doesn't make sense to pay for the name if the unbranded products are much cheaper. Ask for generics instead.
After a very bad chest infection my GP prescribed me antibiotics for 7 days to no avail my chest infection was just no better, My GP then prescribed me more for a few more days these were stronger, he said they would do the trick.
Then the itch started, a very embarrasing vaginal itch that drove me nuts, I blamed myself wearing nylon tights with trousers and thought that the sweating had caused the itch.
On the second day of the itch I decided to walk around with a skirt and no underwear on in the house, I thought maybe the air would ease the dasterdly itching, by evening I was nearly climbing the wall with the itch, (Just like the tv advert showing the lady that could not escape the itch) I was trapped.
I tried hot baths, ice cubes, and still the itch persisted.
I went to the pharmacy and they recommended the canesten duo pack, they explained it was probably the extra strong dose of antibiotics that kicked in thrush, antibiotics cause thrush because they like to breed in nice warm moist places, of course why didn't I think of that!! I have been a nurse for long enough! it never even entered my head.
So Thrush is not just for after you have had sex as many are led to believe and men get thrush as well as woman. Believe me I could not get home quick enough to take the Canesten capsule and use the cream.
After rubbing in the cream in all the itchy bits the relief was imense, the cooling cream didn't take the itch away completley at first but it did give relief.
I put the cream on and swallowed the capsule on the morning and by the third application of cream in the evening I felt the itch was very much improved and of course the ingredients of the capsule must have helped. I expected it to take a few days to get better but the very next day I felt no itch, there were still obvious signs of thrush white lumps but no itch. I was happy with that as I knew they would go soon.
Canesten capsule contains the ingredients fluconazole 150mg The Cream contains 10g clotrimazole 2%w/w
The capsule needs to be swallowed whole with a glass of water you dont need to have an empty tummy for this it can be taken with or without food
The idea of taking a capsule is brilliant for people who work and live a time consuming lifestyle as taking the capsule prevents you having to take time rubbing in cream only.
Using the cream you need to spread the cream in the affected area only using a small amount thinly.
This needs to be done at least three times a day for at least a week in ladies, but longer in men at least 2 weeks, the treatment needs to be completed to be succesful
Remember Thrush is highly infectious so you need to use your own towel and wash your hands thoroughly, it is easily passed between woman and men
I am an advocate of using condoms for sex anyway so that would be a good protection.
Canesten / pack containing two effective treatments for thrush / a single, fast-acting Canesten Oral capsule, to help clear the infection and a handy tube of Canesten 2% thrush cream to immediately cool the external symptoms.