Butoconazole Vaginal Cream : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More
Why is this medication prescribed?
Butoconazole is used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Butoconazole comes as a cream to insert into the vagina. It is usually used daily before bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts you do not understand. Use butoconazole exactly as directed. Do not use more or less or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To use the vaginal cream, read the instructions provided with the medication and follow these steps:
- Fill the special applicator that comes with the cream to the indicated level.
- Lie on your back with your knees up and apart.
- Insert the applicator high up in your vagina (unless you are pregnant) and then press the plunger to release the medicine. If you are pregnant, insert the applicator carefully. If you feel resistance (difficult to insert), do not try to insert it further; call your doctor.
- Remove applicator and discard.
- Wash your hands quickly to avoid spreading the infection.
The dose should be applied when you lie down to lie down. The medicine works best if you don’t get up again after applying it, except to wash your hands. You may want to use a sanitary pad to protect your clothes against stains. Do not use a tampon because it will absorb the medicine. Do not douche unless your doctor tells you to.
Keep using butoconazole even if you feel fine. Do not stop using butoconazole without consulting your doctor. Keep using this medicine during your menstrual period.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using butoconazole,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to butoconazole or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antibiotics and vitamins.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, problems with your immune system, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using butoconazole, call your doctor.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Insert the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not insert a double dose to make up for the one you forgot.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Butoconazole may cause side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- burning in vagina when cream is inserted
- irritation in vagina when cream is inserted
- stomach pain
- foul-smelling discharge
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit a report online to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Do not freeze.
Unnecessary medications must be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and others cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medicine down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medications is through a drug take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage / recycling department to find out about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA Safe Drug Disposal website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
It is important to keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children, as many containers (such as those containing weekly pills and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and small children can easily open them. To protect young children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately place the medicine in a safe place, one that is upright and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
What other information should I know?
Keep all your appointments with your doctor. Butoconazole is for external use only. Do not get the cream in your eyes or mouth and do not swallow it.
Refrain from having sex. An ingredient in the cream can weaken certain latex products like condoms or diaphragms; Do not use these products within 72 hours after giving this medicine. Wear clean cotton panties (or cotton crotch panties), not panties made from nylon, rayon, or other synthetic fabrics.
Don’t let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after finishing butoconazole, call your doctor.
It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you go into hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.
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Disclaimer: DrLinex has made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.