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Generic Name: clotrimazole vaginal (kloe TRIM a zole)
Brand Names: Femcare, Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex-G

What is Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal)?

Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication. It prevents fungus from growing.

Clotrimazole vaginal is used to treat vaginal candida (yeast) infections.

Clotrimazole vaginal may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal)?

Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.

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 getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Who should not use Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal)?

Do not use clotrimazole vaginal if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

If this is the first time that you have ever had symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection, consult your doctor before using this medication.

Do not use clotrimazole vaginal if you have a fever, abdominal pain, foul-smelling discharge, diabetes, HIV, or AIDS. Consult your doctor.

Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Do not use clotrimazole vaginal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not use this medication if you are younger than 12 years of age.

How should I use Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal)?

Use clotrimazole vaginal exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

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

Use this medication continuously for the prescribed amount of time, even during your menstrual period.

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

If the infection does not clear up after you have finished one course of therapy, or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor. You may have another type of infection.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Store clotrimazole vaginal at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of clotrimazole vaginal is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect that a much larger than normal dose has been used or that clotrimazole vaginal has been ingested, contact an emergency room or a poison control center.

What should I avoid while using Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal)?

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 your partner.

Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal) side effects

Stop using clotrimazole vaginal and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. These include burning, itching, irritation of the skin, and an increased need to urinate.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole vaginal)?

Avoid using other vaginal creams or douches at the same time as clotrimazole unless your doctor approves.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with clotrimazole vaginal. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about clotrimazole vaginal written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Clotrimazole vaginal is available with a prescription and over the counter under the brand names Mycelex, Gyne-Lotrimin, and Femcare. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

Clotrimazole vaginal is available as a suppository, a tablet and as a cream.

  • 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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