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terconazole vaginal

Pronunciation: ter KON a zole VAJ in al

Brand: Terazol 3, Terazol 7, Zazole

What is the most important information I should know about terconazole vaginal?

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Terconazole vaginal will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing (e.g., panty hose) that does not allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

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Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

What is terconazole vaginal?

Terconazole is an antifungal antibiotic that fights infections caused by fungus.

Terconazole vaginal is used to treat candida (yeast) infections of the vagina.

Terconazole vaginal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using terconazole vaginal?

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You should not use terconazole vaginal if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • a fever;
  • stomach pain; or
  • foul-smelling vaginal discharge.

To make sure you can safely use terconazole vaginal, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • diabetes;
  • HIV or AIDS.; or
  • if you have ever had an allergic reaction to similar medications such as butoconazole (Femstat, Mycelex), clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Femcare), econazole (Spectazole), fluconazole (Diflucan), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), miconazole (Monistat), and others.
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FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether terconazole vaginal will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

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It is not known whether terconazole passes into breast milk. Do not use terconazole vaginal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use terconazole vaginal?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Terconazole vaginal is usually applied once daily at bedtime for 3 days in a row. Follow your doctor's instructions.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

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Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

Insert the suppository or cream into the vagina using the applicator as directed.

You can use a sanitary napkin to prevent the medication from staining clothing but do not use a tampon.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time, even during your menstrual period. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Terconazole vaginal will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

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Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using terconazole vaginal.

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Do not use terconazole vaginal to treat any vaginal condition that has not been checked by your doctor.

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Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using terconazole vaginal?

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Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Avoid using other vaginal medications or douches during your treatment with terconazole vaginal, unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing (e.g., panty hose) that does not allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

Avoid sexual intercourse or use a condom to prevent the infection from spreading to a sexual partner.

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Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Terconazole can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

What are the possible side effects of terconazole vaginal?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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Stop using terconazole vaginal and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe vaginal burning or irritation; or
  • fever, chills, flu symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache; or
  • menstrual cramps.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect terconazole vaginal?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on vaginally applied terconazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about terconazole vaginal.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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