Why is this medication prescribed?
Adults and children 12 years of age and older who have vaginal yeast infections are treated with vaginal clotrimazole. The antifungal drug clotrimazole belongs to a group of drugs called imidazoles. It functions by halting the development of infection-causing fungus.
How should this medicine be used?
Clotrimazole for vaginal use is available as a cream that is applied to the vagina. It can also be used on the skin around the vaginal exterior. Depending on the product directions, the cream is applied to the vagina once a day before bedtime for three or seven consecutive days. The cream is applied twice daily for up to seven days around the vaginal exterior. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you do not understand, and carefully follow any instructions on the packaging or the label of your prescription. Follow the medication’s directions precisely. Use just as suggested on the container or as your doctor has instructed. Do not use more, less, or more frequently than recommended.
It is possible to get vaginal clotrimazole without a prescription (over the counter). Before using clotrimazole if this is the first time you have had vaginal itching and pain, consult a physician. Use the vaginal cream as stated on the packaging if a doctor has previously identified your symptoms as a yeast infection and you are experiencing them once more.
During your therapy, refrain from using tampons, douches, or spermicides, as well as other vaginal products.
You should begin to feel better during the first three days of treatment with clotrimazole. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse
Apply a small amount of the clotrimazole cream with your finger to the skin afflicted area surrounding the vagina to treat it.
Read the medication’s directions and take the following actions to apply the clotrimazole cream vaginally:
- To the level specified, pour cream into the unique applicator that is included.
- Standing with your feet wide apart and your knees bent is an alternative to lying on your back with your knees raised up and spread apart.
- Push the plunger to release the drug after gently inserting the applicator into the vagina.
- Take the applicator away.
- If the applicator is disposable, throw it away. If the applicator is reusable, disassemble it and wash it after each use in warm water and soap.
- Quickly wash your hands to stop the infection from spreading.
When you lay down to go to bed, you should administer the dose. After applying it, it works best if you don’t get up again besides to wash your hands. To prevent stains on your clothes while applying the vaginal cream, you might want to wear a sanitary napkin. Even if you get your period while receiving therapy, keep taking clotrimazole vaginal cream.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using vaginal clotrimazole,
- If you have an allergy to clotrimazole, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in clotrimazole vaginal cream, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- If you experience shoulder, back, or lower abdominal pain, let your doctor know. having been exposed to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or having acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; experiencing fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge syndrome (AIDS); or have had frequent vaginal yeast infections (once a month or 3 or more infections in 6 months).
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking clotrimazole.
- You should be aware that using condoms and diaphragms while receiving vaginal clotrimazole medication may cause them to weaken. As a result, if you use these devices while undergoing treatment, they could not be successful in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
There may be negative effects from clotrimazole. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Increased vaginal stinging, itchiness, or discomfort
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away and stop taking clotrimazole if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Stomach ache
- Stench in the vaginal discharge
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call 1-800-222-1222 to contact your local poison control centre if someone ingests clotrimazole vaginal. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
All inquiries regarding clotrimazole should be directed to your pharmacist.
If you still have signs of infection 7 days after starting therapy with clotrimazole, consult your doctor.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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