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Avitrol Vaginal Sulfa vaginal

GENERIC NAME(S): SULFANILAMIDE

Uses

This medication is used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Sulfanilamide reduces vaginal burning, itching, and discharge that may occur with this condition. This medication is known as a sulfonamide antifungal. It works by stopping the growth of yeast (fungus) that causes the infection.

How to use Avitrol Vaginal Sulfa vaginal

This medication is for vaginal use only. Wash your hands before and after use. Use sulfanilamide usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Lie on your back with your knees toward your chest. Insert one applicator full of cream into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Slowly press the plunger of the applicator all the way in to apply the cream. If you have itching/burning around the outside of the vagina (vulva), apply some cream to that area as well. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions on the use of this medication.

Continue to use this medication every day for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days or if your menstrual period starts. Stopping the medication too soon may allow the yeast infection to return.

Do not use tampons while using this medication. Unscented sanitary napkins may be used for your menstrual period or to protect your clothing from leakage of the medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or returns within 2 months after completing the treatment. Also, tell your doctor immediately if you have fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, or stomach/abdominal pain. This may mean you have a more serious infection and may need another treatment.

Side Effects

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: new or increased burning/itching/discomfort in the vaginal area.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: unusual tiredness, dark urine, easy bruising/bleeding.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

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

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using sulfanilamide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other sulfa drugs (such as sulfamethoxazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: diabetes, immune system problems (such as HIV infection), 4 or more vaginal yeast infections a year, blood disorders (such as anemia), certain metabolic disorders (G6PD deficiency, porphyria).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Ask your doctor whether you can have sexual intercourse while using this product. This product may weaken rubber products (such as latex condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps) and lead to failure. This can result in pregnancy. Therefore, do not use these products during treatment with this medication. Consult your doctor about other forms of barrier protection/birth control (such as polyurethane condoms) during this time.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. If you are pregnant, follow your doctor's instructions on how to use the applicator to insert this medication. This medication should not be used near the expected delivery date because of possible harm to the unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a healthy nursing infant. However, ill or premature infants may be at higher risk for undesirable effects. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Interactions

The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring.

To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.

Keep a list of all the products you use. Share the list with your doctor and pharmacist to reduce your risk for serious medication problems.

Overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

To help prevent vaginal yeast infections, dry the genital area thoroughly after showering, bathing, or swimming. Avoid wearing tight jeans, nylon underwear, pantyhose, a wet bathing suit, or damp/sweaty exercise clothes for long periods. Wear cotton underwear, and change your underwear daily.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in that case.

If your sexual partner experiences symptoms, they should contact their doctor immediately.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. This medication may darken over time. This darkening does not change the effectiveness or safety of the medication. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised February 2014. Copyright(c) 2014 First Databank, Inc.

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