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How Lotrimin (Clotrimazole) works and when I'll see results?



Dear Nathan,

Lotrimin, brand name, Clotrimazole generic name, is an anti-fungal medication.

It prevents growth of several types of fungi by preventing production of the membranes that surround fungal cells.

Clotrimazole works by stopping the fungi from producing a substance called ergosterol, which is an essential component of fungal cell membranes.

The disruption in production of ergosterol causes holes to appear in the fungal cell membrane.

The cell membranes of fungi are vital for their survival. They keep unwanted substances from entering the cells and stop the contents of the cells from leaking out.

As clotrimazole causes holes to appear in the cell membranes, essential constituents of the fungal cells can leak out. This kills the fungi and treats the infection.

Clotrimazole works by killing the fungus or preventing its growth.

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine, problems such bacterial infections of the skin or herpes or other virus infections of the skin.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

For athlete's foot (ringworm of the foot; tinea pedis):
Adults and teenagers 17 years of age and over must apply to the affected skin and surrounding area(s) two times a day, morning and evening, for 4 weeks.

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