3 Day Vaginal Cream

1 What is 3 Day Vaginal Cream?

Brand: 3 Day Vaginal Cream, Femizol-M, Gynazole-1, Gyne-Lotrimin, Monistat 1, Mycelex-3, Mycelex-7, Terazol 3, Terazol 7, Tioconazole 1, Vagistat-1, Zazole

Generic: Antifungal, Azole

3 Day Vaginal Cream is widely used to treat yeast (fungus) infections of the vagina. Vaginal yeast infections can reoccur over time and, when the same symptoms occur again, self-treating with these medicines is recommended.

Vaginal antifungal azoles are available both over-the-counter (OTC) and with your doctor's prescription. However, you should make sure your doctor has checked and confirmed that you have a vaginal yeast infection before you use the vaginal azole antifungal medicines that do not require a prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Cream
  • Kit
  • Ointment
  • Suppository
  • Tablet
  • Tampon

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using 3 day vaginal cream, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. The suitable drug therapy is chosen by a doctor with the active participation of the patient.

There are some important factors such as drug interactions, the presence of any metabolic impairment, history of hypersensitivity reaction, pregnancy, lactation etc. that may alter the desired therapeutic effects of a medicine.

Sometimes the presence of other health disorders affects the beneficial effects of this medicine and even may cause serious toxic effects. The use of this medicine is contraindicated in those who have ever had a hypersensitivity reaction to medicines in this group.

Further, if you have any unusual or allergic reaction to any other medicines or any other types of allergies, such as to foods dyes, preservatives, or animals, concern your doctor. In addition, this type of medicines should not be used in children below 12 years of age.

On the contrary, certain medicines (e.g. warfarin) should not be used concurrently while you are using this medicine. It is always recommended to consult with your doctor if you are in need of some other medications or even any over-the-counter medicine for another health problem in order to avoid unwanted toxic effects.

Studies have not been done in humans for use of all azole antifungals during the first trimester i.e. first 12 weeks of pregnancy. These medicines are safe and effective when used for at least 7 days during the second (13 to 28 weeks) and third trimesters (29 to 40 weeks) of pregnancy.

But the use of 1-day or 3-day treatments may not be effective during pregnancy. However, you should check with your doctor before using this medicine during the first trimester of pregnancy.

3 Proper Usage

To use 3 day vaginal cream properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The dosage schedule and the duration of drug therapy depend on the particular medical problem for which you are going to use this medicine. The therapeutic dose may also vary with the patient’s condition or requirement and the strength of the medicine as well.

This medicine is usually inserted into the vagina with an applicator. However, in the case of pregnancy, doctors should be concerned before using the applicator. You should use this medicine at bedtime unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

For butoconazole:

  • Women who are not pregnant: 1 full applicator (100 mg) of 2% cream or one suppository (100 mg) inserted into the vagina at bedtime for three nights in a row.
  • Pregnant women, after the third month: 1 full applicator (100 mg) of 2% cream inserted into the vagina at bedtime for six nights in a row.
  • Children up to 12 years of age: use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

 For clotrimazole: The dose depends on the strength of the cream or vaginal tablet.

  • One full applicator (50 mg) containing 1% cream or one 100-mg tablet inserted into the vagina at bedtime for six to fourteen nights in a row.
  • One full applicator (100 mg) containing 2% cream or one 200-mg tablet inserted into the vagina at bedtime for three nights in a row.
  • One full applicator (500 mg) containing 10% cream or one 500-mg tablet inserted into the vagina at bedtime for one night only.
  • Children up to 12 years of age: use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • Pregnant women: 100 mg (one vaginal tablet) inserted into the vagina at bedtime for seven nights in a row.

For econazole:

  • Adults and teenagers: one vaginal suppository (150 mg) inserted into the vagina at bedtime for three nights in a row.
  • Children up to 12 years of age: use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For miconazole:

  • Adults and teenagers: one full applicator (20 mg) or one vaginal suppository (100 mg) or one tampon (100 mg) inserted into the vagina at bedtime for seven nights in a row. Treatment may be repeated if needed.
  • Children up to 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For terconazole: The dose depends on the strength of the cream or suppository.

  • One full applicator (20 mg) containing 0.4% cream inserted into the vagina at bedtime for seven nights in a row.
  • One full applicator (40 mg) containing 0.8% cream or one vaginal suppository (80 mg) inserted into the vagina at bedtime for three nights in a row.
  • Children up to 12 years of age: use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

For tioconazole:

  • Adults and teenagers: one full applicator (300 mg) containing 6.5% ointment or one vaginal suppository (300 mg) inserted into the vagina at bedtime for one night only.
  • Children up to 12 years of age: use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Further, it is advised to store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light. All kinds of medicines should be kept out of the reach of children. However, outdated medicines should be disposed of by an appropriate way.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using 3 day vaginal cream, there are some precautions you must take. Firstly, regular visits to your doctor are recommended to check the prognosis while undergoing any drug therapy.

Additionally, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • To help clear up your infection completely, it is very important that you keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 3 days or have not disappeared in 7 days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Vaginal medicines usually will come out of the vagina during the treatment episode. To keep the medicine from getting on your clothing, wear a sanitary napkin.
  • A vaginal tampon form of miconazole should be left in the vagina overnight and removed the next morning.
  • The use of nonmedicated tampons (like those used for menstrual periods) is not recommended since they may soak up the medicine.
  • To help clear up your infection completely and to help make sure it does not return, good health habits are also required.
  • You should wear clean cotton panties instead of synthetic (nylon or rayon) panties.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with 3 day vaginal cream. Vaginal burning, itching, discharge, irritation, or other adverse effects may take place following the application of this medicine.

These side effects usually go away during the treatment episode as your body adjusts to the medicine. In addition, your healthcare professional may advise you about the ways how to prevent or reduce those unwanted side effects. Sometimes you may need to consult with the doctor immediately if you notice any other toxic effects.

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