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Citric Acid/Lactate/Potassium Bitartrate Vaginal Gel (LACTIC ACID/CITRIC ACID/POTASSIUM BITARTRATE - VAGINAL)

For birth control.

Brand Name(s): Phexxi

Generic Name: Citric Acid/Lactic Acid/Potassium Bitartrate


This medicine is for use in the vagina. DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Use the medicine within 1 hour before having sexual intercourse.

Use a new applicator each time you have sexual intercourse.

Use the applicator to insert the medicine high into the vagina.

Keep this medicine at room temperature. Protect from moisture and high humidity.

Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

If medicine gets in your eyes, rinse well with cool water.

This medicine does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases.

Use condoms to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.


Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

It is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • vaginal itching or burning

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • increased urinary frequency
  • difficulty or discomfort urinating
  • blood in urine

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.


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