Candid powder, is it safe ? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Candid powder ?

Candid powder is the brand name for a powdered medicine. This medicine is manufactured and marketed by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited. This medication is a dusting powder. It is used to treat skin irritation and fungal infections on skin. It is available in market in the packaging of 100 gram powder per packet.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What happens if it over-applied and how to manage? ?
  8. What to do in case there is an allergic reaction with it? ?
  9. What is the Dosage ?
  10. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  11. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  12. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  13. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  14. Is Candid powder available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  15. Frequently asked questions
  16. Reference

 

candid powder - uses, side-effects, dosage

candid powder – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

Generic name for Candid powder is Clotrimazole[1]. The concentration of Clotrimazole in the dusting powder is 1%.

How does it work ?

Clotrimazole belongs to a class of medications called as antifungals[2]. It works by preventing the growth of fungi that cause the infection[3]. It stops fungus from growing and spreading the irritation and infection on skin[4], penis, vaginal and groin area.

What are it’s uses ?

This medicinal powder is used in the prevention and treatment of the following symptoms and diseases:
  • Fungal infection on vulva[5]
  • Fungal infection and skin irrtation on Penis
  • Fungal infections in groin region
  • Fungal irritaion and infection in vagina[6]
  • Fungal infections on and between toes
  • Fungal infections on nappy rashes in children
  • Fungal infections skin folds and armpits

How effective is this medicine ?

Clotrimazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal medicine and it is very effective in treatment of fungal infections.

What are the Side Effects ?

Though very rare but some of the reported side-effects of this medicine include:
  • Bowel discomfort
  • Upset stomach
  • Hypersensitivity[7]
  • Itchy rashes
  • Blisters
  • Itching or burning
  • Skin irritations
  • Peeling or flaking of the skin
  • Pain or a burning or stinging sensations
  • Swelling

If you experience any of these side effects, Inform your doctor immediately . This list is not a comprehensive list of all the possible side effects of this drug.
Consult your doctor immediately if you develop any other medical conditions while using this medicine.


Is Candid powder addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction[8]. The government also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence on medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What happens if Candid powder over-applied and how to manage?

It is not recommended to use more than the prescribed dose. Taking more than the prescribed dose will not improve your symptoms,  it may cause serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital. Do not give your used medicines to others. Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.

 What to do in case there is an allergic reaction with Candid powder?

Some of the side effects of this medicine are skin irritation, rashes, and Inflammation. If you observe any of the above side effects, gently clean the affected area with cold water and  have a cold compress on the affected area.  Consult your doctor as soon as possible and take necessary remedies.

What is the Dosage ?

Candid powder should only be used exactly as recommended by your doctor. Doctor may suggest dosage depending on your medical history and other medical conditions, physical health and current medications. Usual dosage of this medicine for an adult for the the treatment of fungal infection[9] is 10 Mg per day for 7 to 8 days.

What are the precautions I need to take ?

Take the following precautions or be careful about the following while consuming Candid Dusting Powder:
  • Apply only to skin area affected with fungal infection
  • Apply the powder 2 to 3 times a day on infected area
  • Do not use 2 doses at once in case you missed the dose
  • Do not use in and around the eyes
  • Do not take this medicine orally

Consult your doctor if you had any of the following conditions or ailments, before administering this medicine:

  • If you had two fungal vaginitis[10] in the past
  • If you or your partner have any sexually transmitted disease[11]
  • If you are pregnant or suspecting pregnancy
  • If you have vaginal ulcers or vulval ulcers
  • Irregular and abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • If you are allergic to Clotrimazole or other antifungal medications
  • If you had history of Diabetes and alcohol abuse
Candid powder

Candid powder

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘B’ No risk in other studies: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Please consult your doctor or a healthcare expert before starting this medicine during pregnancy.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

Taking this medicine is possibly safe to use if you are breast feeding or planning to start breast feeding. Consult your Doctor or a healthcare expert before administering this medicine to lactating mothers.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

Yes, this medicine can be given to children and infants.
The dosage and frequency of the medicine may vary depending on the age, body weight and medical history of the child. Please consult a doctor before administering Candid powder for a child.


Is Candid powder available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, Candid powder is not available as an over the counter (OTC) product. It is a prescription medicine. So it is advised that you should only take this medicine if your doctor prescribes.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use Candid powder on vaginal area during menstruation ?

No, you should not apply this medicine on vaginal area. It is not advised to use the dusting powder while you are on your menstruation cycle.
While menstruation use of tampons and vaginal douches can adverse the effect of the Candid powder.

Is it safe to use for the treatment of infection in eyes ?

No, this medicine is not suitable for use in eyes. Avoid direct contact of Clotrimazole to eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes immediately with water. Consult your doctor immediately.

What to do if I missed a dose of Candid powder ?

You can take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. After that you can continue your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

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