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Generic Name: sulfanilamide vaginal (sul fa NILL a mide)
Brand Names: AVC

What is AVC (sulfanilamide vaginal)?

Sulfanilamide is an antibacterial medication. It fights bacteria in your body.

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

Sulfanilamide 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 AVC (sulfanilamide 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 AVC (sulfanilamide vaginal)?

Do not use sulfanilamide vaginal if you have had an allergic reaction to it or to any other sulfa-based medicine in the past.

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

Sulfanilamide vaginal is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether sulfanilamide vaginal will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Sulfanilamide passes into breast milk. Do not use sulfanilamide vaginal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use AVC (sulfanilamide vaginal)?

Use sulfanilamide 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 suppository or cream into the vagina using the applicator as directed, usually once or twice daily.

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

What should I avoid while using AVC (sulfanilamide 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.

AVC (sulfanilamide vaginal) side effects

Stop using sulfanilamide 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. Continue to use sulfanilamide vaginal and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • burning,

  • itching,

  • irritation of the skin, or

  • 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 AVC (sulfanilamide vaginal)?

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

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with sulfanilamide vaginal. Ask 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 sulfanilamide vaginal written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Sulfanilamide vaginal is available with a prescription under the brand name AVC. 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.

  • AVC 15% vaginal cream

  • AVC 1.05 gram vaginal suppositories

  • 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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