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Candid 1% Dusting Powder

Manufacturer: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medicine composition: Clotrimazole
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Candid 1% Dusting Powder is an anti-fungal medication used to treat vaginal and skin yeast or fungal infections, rashes, oral thrush, athlete’s foot, jock itch, ring worm etc. It can be either taken orally as a medicine or can be applied as an ointment to the skin.

Candid 1% Dusting Powder prevents yeast and fungi to produce ergosterol, an essential component to form their cell membrane. It causes holes to develop on the cells and result in cell contents to leak, thereby weakening the cell membrane and finally leading to death of the micro-organism.

Pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, patients under herbal or antibiotic medication or dietary supplements and allergic to any food or other substance should be very careful before starting to take Candid 1% Dusting Powder.

Candid 1% Dusting Powderis an anti-fungal medication used to treat yeast and fungal infections of the vagina, the mouth and the skin. It is also used for treating oral thrush, ringworm, player’s foot, jock itch etc. Candid 1% Dusting Powder limits the production of ergosterol which is an important component of fungal cell membrane. Disruption in its production leads to development of holes in the membrane and leakage of cell component, therefore resulting in the death of the bacteria.

It can be applied as ointment, powder or lotion. It also comes in the form of lozenges. For treating vaginal infection tablets and creams are available.

Candid 1% Dusting Powder should not be used on our own without doctor’s advice. Keep your doctor informed about your medical history and any other present medications before starting this Candid 1% Dusting Powder.

  • 1. Pregnant women or those who are planning to conceive, breast feeding mothers, patients under herbal medication, have liver disease, have immune system related problems, HIV, AIDS affected, allergic persons to certain medicinal components or food should practice extra caution before starting Candid 1% Dusting Powder.
  • 2. Vaginal tablets should not be swallowed instead should be inserted into it with an applicator.
  • 3. If you’re applying Candid 1% Dusting Powder for vaginal infection, then sexual intercourse should be avoided within 72 hours of its usage. Certain ingredients in it are abrasive that may cause bursting of condoms.
  • 4. Check the chemical components of the Candid 1% Dusting Powder cream and don’t use it in case you are allergic to any of the component.

Side effects: Candid 1% Dusting Powder may cause several mild to severe side effects. Symptoms include rashes, urticarial, breathing difficulty, tightness in chest, blistering, itching of skin, burning sensation at the time of application etc.

It can also cause nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fever, foul smelling vaginal discharge etc. Safety Precautions:

  • 1. Don’t stop using Candid 1% Dusting Powder without completing the entire prescribed course. If it is stopped in between then the infection may recur. Also the fungus causing infections become less sensitive towards Candid 1% Dusting Powder and other similar medicines that may make the situation worse.
  • 2. It is for external use only. So be very careful while using it.
  • 3. Store Candid 1% Dusting Powder at a temperature between 15-30 degree Celsius, away from heat and direct sunlight. Keep it out of reach from your children and pets.
  • 4. Consult your doctor immediately in case your situation don’t get better even after using Candid 1% Dusting Powder.
    Candid 1% Dusting Powder is used for the treatment of symptoms of Schizophrenia.
    Bipolar Mania
    Candid 1% Dusting Powder is used for acute relief from Manic episodes associated with Bipolar Disorder.
    Candid 1% Dusting Powder is used in combination with other drugs to treat depression associated with Bipolar Disorder.
    Candid 1% Dusting Powder is used to treat moderate to severe agitation associated with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.
    In addition to its intended effect, Candid 1% Dusting Powder may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
    Orthostatic Hypotension Moderate Common
    Weight gain Major Common
    Headache Major Less Common
    Sleepiness Moderate Common
    Increase in body fat and cholesterol Moderate Common
    Dizziness Moderate Common
    Uncontrolled muscle movements Moderate Less Common
    Chest pain Major Less Common
    Dry mouth Moderate Common
    Running nose and cough Moderate Less Common
    Loss of libido Moderate Rare
    Change in personality Major Rare
    How long is the duration of effect?
    The effect of this medication is cumulative and the oral form stays in the body for 21 to 54 hours while the extended release form stays for 30 days.
    What is the onset of action?
    The peak effect of Olanzapine (which is the main constituent of Candid 1% Dusting Powder) can be observed after 5-8 hours of oral administration. Upon intramuscular injection, the effect can be observed after 15-45 minutes. The extended release forms tend to take longer than the other forms.
    Are there any pregnancy warnings?
    Use of this medicine is not recommended during pregnancy as it can cause developmental defects in the newborn. Since there is a lack of conclusive evidence from human studies, consult your doctor if you are pregnant. All the potential benefits and risks should be considered before taking this medicine.
    Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported. However, patients with a history of drug abuse should be monitored closely for misuse.
    Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
    Use of this medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers as it is excreted via breast milk. Though the effects are not ascertained, it is recommended to consult your doctor before taking the medicine. Close monitoring of symptoms in infants might be required in some cases.
    Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Candid 1% Dusting Powder, and hence can be used as its substitute.
    Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
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    Are there any missed dose instructions?
    Contact your doctor immediately if you have missed a scheduled dose. One should avoid taking the missed dose without consulting your doctor.
    Are there any overdose instructions?
    Contact a doctor immediately if an overdose of this medicine is suspected. An overdose with Olanzapine requires immediate supportive measures like airway clearance, gastric lavage etc. Since treatment is symptom based, it is advised that the patient is kept under supervision in a medical facility with regular monitoring.
    United States
    Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
    Interaction with Disease
    Dementia Major
    Use of Candid 1% Dusting Powder is not recommended in treating Psychosis related to Dementia especially in the elderly. Any dementia-related incidence should be reported to the Doctor.
    Central Nervous System Depression Major
    Use of Candid 1% Dusting Powder is not recommended if the patient is in a coma and has severe Central Nervous System Depression. Symptoms like decreased rate of breathing and decreased heart beat rate should be reported immediately.
    Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) Major
    Use of Candid 1% Dusting Powder is not recommended if the patient suffers from Neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Introduction or reintroduction of this medicine should be done with caution in patients having a known history of this syndrome.
    Tardive Dyskinesia Major
    Use of Candid 1% Dusting Powder is not recommended in patients with active Tardive Dyskinesia. Women and elderly patients are more likely to develop or exacerbate the symptoms on prolonged consumption of this medicine. The medicine should be withdrawn if symptoms like uncontrolled movements of tongue, mouth, lips, jaws etc are experienced during therapy with this medicine. Suitable alternatives can be prescribed in such cases.
    Seizure disorders Moderate
    Use of Candid 1% Dusting Powder is not recommended in patients having a known history of seizure attacks. The medicine should be administered with extreme caution in such cases.
    Diabetes Moderate
    Candid 1% Dusting Powder should be administered with caution in patients having Diabetes or are exposed to the risk factors. Proper monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary in such cases.
    Interaction with Alcohol
    Ethanol Moderate
    Use of Alcohol is not recommended while you are taking Candid 1% Dusting Powder. Any activity requiring high level of mental alertness should be avoided and symptoms like mental confusion, drowsiness should be reported to the doctor immediately.
    Interaction with Lab Test
    Information not available.
    Interaction with Food
    Information not available.
    Interaction with Medicine
    Diazepam Major
    Report the usage of either of the medication to the doctor. Dosage adjustments and safety monitoring might be required in such cases. Signs and symptoms like decreased blood pressure, shallow breathing, muscle weakness should be reported immediately. Do not stop the usage of any medication without consulting your doctor.
    Tramadol Major
    Report the usage of either of the medications to the doctor. Any past incidence of seizures, alcohol or drug withdrawal, brain tumor, trauma etc should be reported to the doctor. Dose adjustments and safety monitoring are required in such cases. Avoid operating heavy machinery and driving until the effects of this medication is ascertained.
    Acarbose Moderate
    Report the usage of either of the medications to the doctor. Dosage adjustments and blood sugar level monitoring may be required in such cases. Do not stop the usage of any medication without consulting your doctor.
    Amlodipine Moderate
    Report the usage of either of the medication to the doctor. If side effects like headaches, dizziness, fainting, and change in heart rate persist for a long time, then contact your doctor immediately. Any work requiring a high level of mental alertness should be avoided while taking these medicines.
    Atropine Moderate
    Report the usage of either of the medicine to the doctor. Side effects like drowsiness, flushing, stomach cramps, constipation, memory problems, confusion etc should be reported promptly. Do not stop the usage of any medicine without consulting your doctor.
    Cetirizine Moderate
    Report the usage of either of the medicine to the doctor. Side effects like drowsiness, flushing, memory problems, mental confusion etc should be reported promptly. Avoid work that requires higher mental alertness. Do not stop the usage of any medicine without consulting your doctor.
    What are you using Candid 1% Dusting Powder for?
    How much was the improvement?
    How long did it take before seeing improvement?
    More than 2 days
    Within 2 days
    Within 2 hours
    Within a day
    Within 6 hours
    How frequently did you take this medicine?
    Twice a day
    Once a day
    Thrice a day
    Not taking on daily level
    Four times A Day
    How did you take this medicine?
    With or without food
    With Food
    Empty stomach
    What were the side effects of this medicine?
    Uncontrolled muscle movements
    No Side Effects
    Weight gain
    Running nose and cough

    Popular Questions & Answers

    I have white spots on my face. Is it better to use candid ointment?? Is there any better ointment than that?

    Homeopath, Faridabad
    I have white spots on my face. Is it better to use candid ointment??
Is there any better ointment than that?
    Hello, if you are getting relief then you can continue using it but this is a temporary solution to your problem. White patches on your skin are a common type of depigmented skin lesion associated with an infection, allergy, or autoimmune disorder. One common cause of white spots, or hypopigmentation, is a fungal infection of the skin known as tinea versicolor (associated with other symptoms, such as itching or dryness on or around the white patches). This fungal infection is not contagious and can be treated easily with over-the-counter medications. Please tell me other symptoms like about sensation on the area, since how long do you have this patch, any family history of white patch, etc. In the mean time you can take cal phos 6x, 4 tabs twice daily. Do send me a clear photo of the affected area.
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    I have Candida fungal infection in penis I used candid b cream but this infection come again what I do Red dot on pen...
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    Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
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    Take nimbadi churan 1 spoon two time a day before meal And. Khadirarishta syrp 3 spoon two time after meal with water But first consult online.
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    Hello. Consult your gynaecologist as orange or red vaginal discharge means it has blood mixed. She can guide you in a proper way.

    I have white water problem so can I use candid v-6? And also I am unmarried so can I use this tablet?

    MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
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    White water or leucorrhoea is not always because of candid infection.... So taking the tablet blindly may not help. Better take Homoeopathic treatment... It is a permanent solution and also does not have side effects..

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    About Candid 1% Dusting Powder
    When is Candid 1% Dusting Powder prescribed?
    What are the side effects of Candid 1% Dusting Powder?
    Key highlights of Candid 1% Dusting Powder
    What are the substitutes for Candid 1% Dusting Powder?
    What are the dosage instructions?
    Where is the Candid 1% Dusting Powder approved?
    What are the interactions for Candid 1% Dusting Powder?