Health Guide

Terconazole (Into the vagina)

Terconazole (ter-KON-a-zole)

Treats vaginal yeast infections. This medicine is an antifungal.

Brand Name(s):

Terazol 3, Terazol 7

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use if you had an allergic reaction to terconazole.

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Suppository

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
  • This medicine is to be used only in the vagina. Use at bedtime unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Cream:
    • The vaginal cream comes in a tube. You will use an applicator to put the cream into your vagina.
    • Remove the cap from the end of the medicine tube. Screw the open end of the applicator into the tube of cream.
    • Squeeze the tube and fill the applicator until it is full or the plunger stops.
    • Unscrew the applicator from the tube and replace the cap on the tube.
    • To use the applicator: Lie on your back with your knees drawn up toward your chest. Hold the applicator by the open end of the barrel and gently insert it into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Slowly press the plunger of the applicator to release the cream into the vagina. Gently remove the applicator.
  • Suppositories:
    • The oval-shaped suppositories may be inserted with or without an applicator.
    • If you are using an applicator, unwrap the suppository and place the flat end into the open end of the applicator. Then, lie on your back with knees drawn up toward your chest. Gently insert the applicator high into the vagina. Push the plunger to release the suppository. Gently remove the applicator.
    • If you are inserting the tablet without an applicator, lie on your back with knees towards your chest. Place the suppository on the tip of your finger. Gently insert the suppository high into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.
  • After using, pull the plunger completely out of the applicator. Wash both pieces with lukewarm, soapy water. Dry completely.
  • If the medicine comes with disposable applicators, use each applicator only once and then throw it away.
  • This medicine may leak out of your vagina during the day. You may wear a sanitary pad to protect your clothing, but do not use a tampon.
  • Keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms improve after the first few doses. Do not stop using the medicine if your menstrual period begins during your treatment time. Use sanitary pads rather than tampons.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Missed dose:Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid using douches or other vaginal products unless your doctor tells you to.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use both terconazole suppositories and a vaginal contraceptive diaphragm that contains rubber or latex.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Burning feeling in the vagina
  • Fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, or sore throat

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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