Pharmacology: Cloben-VT contains Clotrimazole, a new generation imidazole derivative possessing a potent and broad-spectrum antifungal, anticandidal and antitrichomonal activity. In vitro, depending on the concentration, Cloben-VT exhibits fungistatic or fungicidal activity against a wide range of isolates of deratophytes eg, Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophyte, Epidermatophyton floccosum. Cloben-VT exhibits a high degree of anti-candidal action on pathogenic strains of Candida eg, Candida albicans; it also shows a good antimicrobial action on Malassezia furfur. Strains of fungi having a natural resistance to Cloben-VT are rare. No single step or multiple step resistance to Cloben-VT has developed during successive passages of Candida albicans.
Cloben-VT is known to possess anti-trichomonal and antibacterial activity particularly against some of the gram-positive organisms. Cloben-VT causes alteration in the cell wall permeability and leads to leakage of intracellular phosphorus compounds with concomitant breakdown of cellular nucleic acid and accelerated potassium influx. These rapidly and extensively developing changes contribute to fungicidal activity of Cloben-VT. Following the vaginal administration, Cloben-VT appears to be minimally absorbed.
Pharmacokinetics: Pharmacokinetic investigations after vaginal application have shown that only a small amount of Cloben-VT is absorbed. Due to rapid hepatic metabolism of absorbed Cloben-VT into pharmacologically inactive metabolites, the resulting peak plasma concentrations of Cloben-VT after vaginal application of a 500-mg dose were <10 ng/mL, reflecting that Cloben-VT applied intravaginally does not lead to measurable systemic effects or side effects.
Cloben-VT lozenges should be held in the mouth and allowed to dissolve slowly and completely. This may take 15 to 30 minutes. Swallow saliva during this time. Do not chew the lozenges or swallow them whole.
Do not give Cloben-VT lozenges to infants or children under 3 years of age. They may be too young to use the lozenges safely.
To help clear up your infection completely, it is very important that you keep using Cloben-VT for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms begin to clear up after a few days. Since fungus infections may be very slow to clear up, you may have to continue using Cloben-VT every day for two weeks or more. If you stop using Cloben-VT too soon, your symptoms may return. Do not miss any doses.
The dose of Cloben-VT will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of Cloben-VT. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
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.
If you miss a dose of Cloben-VT, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Oral: Allow troche to dissolve slowly in the mouth. Dissolution is complete in approximately 30 minutes.
Cloben-VT is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that is used for the treatment of dermal infections caused by various species of pathogenic dermatophytes, yeasts, and Malassezia furfur. The primary action of Cloben-VT is against dividing and growing organisms.
In vitro,Cloben-VT exhibits fungistatic and fungicidal activity against isolates of Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Epidermophyton floccosum,Microsporum canis and Candida species including Candida albicans. In general, the in vitro activity of Cloben-VT corresponds to that of tolnaftate and griseofulvin against the mycelia of dermatophytes (Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton), and to that of the polyenes (amphotericin B and nystatin) against budding fungi (Candida). Using an in vivo (mouse) and an in vitro (mouse kidney homogenate) testing system, Cloben-VT and micronazole were equally effective in preventing the growth of the pseudomycelia and mycelia of Candida albicans.
Strains of fungi having a natural resistance to Cloben-VT are rare. Only a single isolate of Candida guilliermondi has been reported to have primary resistance to Cloben-VT.
No single-step or multiple-step resistance to Cloben-VT has developed during successive passages of Candida albicans and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. No appreciable change in sensitivity was detected after successive passage of isolates of C. albicans, C krusei, or C. pseudotropicalis in liquid or solid media containing Cloben-VT. Also, resistance could not be developed in chemically induced mutant strains of polyene-resistant isolates of C. albicans. Slight, reversible resistance was noted in three isolates of C. albicans tested by one investigator. There is a single report that records the clinical emergence of C. albicans strain with considerable resistance to flucytosine and micronazole, and with cross-resistance to Cloben-VT, the strain remained sensitive to nystatin and amphotericin B.
In studies of the mechanism of action, the minimum fungicide concentration of Cloben-VT caused leakage of intracellular phosphorus compounds into the ambient medium with concomitant breakdown of cellular nucleic acids and accelerated potassium efflux. Both these events began rapidly and extensively after addition of the drug.
Cloben-VT appears to be well absorbed in humans following oral administration and is eliminated mainly as inactive metabolites. Following topical and vaginal administration, however, Cloben-VT appears to be minimally absorbed.
Six hours after the application of radioactive Cloben-VT 1% cream and 1% solution onto intact and acutely inflamed skin, the concentration of Cloben-VT varied from 100 mcg/cm3 in the stratum corneum to 0.5 to 1 mcg/cm3 in the stratum reticulare, and 0.1 mcg/cm3 in the subcutis. No measurable amount of radioactivity (≤0.001 mcg/mL) was found in the serum within 48 hours after application under occlusive dressing of 0.5 mL of the solution or 0.8 g of the cream. Only 0.5% or less of the applied radioactivity was excreted in the urine.
Following intravaginal administration of 100 mg 14C-Cloben-VT vaginal tablets to nine adult females, an average peak serum level, corresponding to only 0.03 μg equivalent/mL of Cloben-VT, was reached one to two days after application. After intravaginal administration of 5 g of 1% 14C-Cloben-VT vaginal cream containing 50 mg active drug, to five subjects (one with candidal colpitis), serum levels corresponding to approximately 0.01 μg equivalents/mL were reached between 8 and 24 hours after application.
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