Generic Name: Terconazole Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available. Avability: Rx Pregnancy Category: C

Uses

What is Terconazole used for?

Terconazole is used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Terconazole reduces vaginal burning, itching, and discharge that may occur with this condition. This medication is an azole antifungal. It works by stopping the growth of yeast (fungus) that causes the infection.

How should I take Terconazole?

This product is for vaginal use only. Wash your hands before and after use. Avoid contact with your eyes. If it gets into your eyes, wash them right away with plenty of water. Call your doctor if eye irritation persists.

Use this product usually once daily at bedtime for 3 or 7 days (depending on product) or as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If using the cream, use the applicator. If using the suppository, you may use either the applicator or your finger to insert it. Unwrap the suppository before use. Follow the package instructions on how to fill the applicator with the cream or with a suppository. Lie on your back with your knees toward your chest. Insert the applicator or suppository into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Slowly press the plunger of the applicator in to release the medication. Clean the applicator with warm soapy water, rinse well, and dry. If you have itching/burning around the outside of the vagina (vulva), you may also apply terconazole cream once daily to that area and rub in.

Continue to use this medication every day until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after 1 to 2 days. Stopping the medication too soon may allow the yeast to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.

You may use this product during your menstrual period. Do not use tampons or douches while using this medication. Unscented sanitary napkins may be used for your menstrual period or to protect your clothing from leakage of the medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it returns within 2 months. You may need a different or additional medication to treat your condition.

How do I store Terconazole?

Terconazole is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Terconazole in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Terconazole that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Terconazole down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Terconazole?

This product is for vaginal use only. Wash your hands before and after use. Avoid contact with your eyes. If it gets into your eyes, wash them right away with plenty of water. Call your doctor if eye irritation persists.

Use this product usually once daily at bedtime for 3 or 7 days (depending on product) or as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If using the cream, use the applicator. If using the suppository, you may use either the applicator or your finger to insert it. Unwrap the suppository before use. Follow the package instructions on how to fill the applicator with the cream or with a suppository. Lie on your back with your knees toward your chest. Insert the applicator or suppository into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Slowly press the plunger of the applicator in to release the medication. Clean the applicator with warm soapy water, rinse well, and dry. If you have itching/burning around the outside of the vagina (vulva), you may also apply terconazole cream once daily to that area and rub in.

Continue to use this medication every day until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after 1 to 2 days. Stopping the medication too soon may allow the yeast to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.

You may use this product during your menstrual period. Do not use tampons or douches while using this medication. Unscented sanitary napkins may be used for your menstrual period or to protect your clothing from leakage of the medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it returns within 2 months. You may need a different or additional medication to treat your condition.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Terconazole during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Terconazole. Terconazole is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Terconazole?

Headache, increased vaginal/urethral burning/itching/pain, or menstrual cramps may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

The following may be side effects. However, they may also be symptoms of a different or more serious condition (bacterial vaginosis or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease-PID) that may require different treatment. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious effects occur: flu-like symptoms (including fever/chills), foul-smelling discharge from the vagina, stomach/abdominal pain.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Terconazole?

Some products that may increase the risk of vaginal yeast infections include antibiotics, corticosteroids (such as prednisone), and drugs that suppress the immune system (such as cyclosporine, methotrexate).

Terconazole may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Terconazole?

Terconazole may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Terconazole?

Terconazole may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Terconazole.

What is the dose of Terconazole for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Vaginal Candidiasis

Vaginal cream 0.4%: 1 applicatorful intravaginally once a day at bedtime for 7 consecutive days

Vaginal cream 0.8%: 1 applicatorful intravaginally once a day at bedtime for 3 consecutive days

Vaginal suppository: 1 suppository intravaginally once a day at bedtime for 3 consecutive days

Comments:

-Only effective for vulvovaginitis due to Candida; diagnosis should be confirmed by KOH smears and/or cultures.

Use: For the local treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis (moniliasis)

What is the dose of Terconazole for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Terconazole available?

Terconazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Vaginal cream,
  • Vaginal suppository.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Terconazole, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

 

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: August 9, 2018 | Last Modified: August 9, 2018

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