Oravig is used to treat oral thrush or yeast infections in the mouth and throat. It is a kind of antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus and killing them. Oravig is only available with a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Oravig. The risks and benefits the medicine offer must be weighed.
For Oravig, you and your doctor must consider the following:
Allergies. If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - foods, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.
Pediatric. There are no appropriate studies done to establish safety and effectiveness of miconazole use in children 16 years older and younger.
Geriatric. No specific studies have been done to show the relationship of old age to the effects of miconazole in the elderly.
Pregnancy. Studies on animals have shown an adverse effect. No adequate studies in pregnant women have been done.
Breastfeeding. Although there are no adequate studies in lactating mothers that determine potential risk in an infant when breastfeeding, the potential benefits should be weighed against the risks before taking this medication.
Drug Interactions. Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary.
Before using miconazole, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol since these may interact with the drug’s effectiveness.
Other medical problems. Certain medical problems may affect the effectiveness of miconazole. If you have other medical conditions, such as liver disease and milk protein allergy, tell your doctor.
To use Oravig properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Do not take it more often or for a longer time than what your doctor ordered, regardless of the symptoms.
Doing so may increase the risk of side effects. Packaging comes with a complete instruction, which should be read and followed carefully.
Keep using buccal miconazole for the full treatment time your doctor advises, even if the symptoms diminish after a few doses. Infection may come back when the medicine use is abruptly stopped.
To use the buccal tablet, apply it after brushing your teeth in the morning. Dry your hand thoroughly before handling the tablet. Stick the tablet into your upper gum above the incisor tooth.
Hold the buccal in place for about 30 seconds to ensure the tablet will stick to your gum. Allow the tablet to dissolve. If it falls within 6 hours, put the same tablet on again.
If it won’t stick, use a new tablet. Do not crush, chew or swallow the tablet. In case you swallowed it within the first 6 hours, drink a glass of water and apply a new tablet again.
The dose of buccal miconazole depends on the patient’s symptoms. The average dose is one tablet once a day for 2 weeks.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule. Never take double doses.
Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach.
4 Precautions to Take
In using Oravig, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Regular visits to the doctor are important to check your progress and make sure the medicine is working properly.
Take note of any unwanted effects that may be a result of using this medicine. Oravig may cause anaphylaxis, a serious type of allergic reaction that can be dangerous.
Call your doctor right away if you experience the symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash and itching, breathing difficulty, trouble swallowing or swelling of the hands, face or mouth.
Immediate medical attention may be needed. Do not take other medications without discussing them first with your doctor.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Oravig. Not all people may suffer from these side effects, but if they do, immediate medical attention may be needed.
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you encounter any of the following:
Some of the side effects may not require medical attention and may go away during treatment as the body adjusts to miconazole. However, you must keep an eye on the symptoms of anaphylaxis, which requires emergency medical attention.
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