What is terconazole vaginal cream used for in pregnancy?

Why is this medication prescribed?

Terconazole is used for the treatment of fungal and yeast infections of the vagina (vaginal yeast infections). Terconazole reduces vaginal burning, itching, and discharge. It stops the growth of yeast (fungus) that causes the infection. Terconazole is an azole antifungal. It is available under the brand names Terazol 3 and Terazol 7. 

How should this medicine be used?

Terconazole is available in the form of cream and suppository to insert into the vagina. Usually, doctors prescribed this medication used daily at bedtime for either 3 or 7 days. The dosage totally depends upon your medical condition and response to treatment. Always use this medication regularly at the same time each day. Follow the medications, diet, and exercise, and diabetes management plan very carefully. 

Don’t try to use this medication more or less often than prescribed by your health care professionals. If your symptoms do not improve after using this medication and getting worse or during your treatment with terconazole then talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Read all the instructions very carefully that are provided by your health care professionals.

Follow these steps, how to apply the terconazole vaginal cream or suppositories:

  1. Before using terconazole, wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water very gently.
  2. To the level indicated, fill the special applicator that comes with the cream. If you are using the suppository, first unwrap it and then with lukewarm water wet it. You have a choice you can use your finger or an applicator.
  3. With your knees lie on your back drawn upward and spread apart.
  4. In case, if you are pregnant, insert the applicator into your vegina very gently if you feel any problem with this or feel hard to insert then stop inserting the applicator and contact your doctor.
  5. Unless you are pregnant, insert the applicator into your vegina and then push the plunger to release the medication.
  6. After that remove the applicator.
  7. Clean the applicator with soap and warm water and remember to do this after each use.
  8. After using terconazole, wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water very gently again.

If you have felt any itching/burning around the outside of the vagina (vulva) then use the terconazole cream once daily to the affected area and then rub it very gently. Try to avoid getting this medication into your eyes. In case, if terconazole gets into your eye then wash them right away with plenty of water and contact your doctor. 

If you want to get the most benefits from the terconazole then use this medication regularly in order until your health care professional won’t tell you to stop using this medication. If you are using this medication and your condition doesn’t improve within 2 months then contact your doctor.

Other uses of terconazole

Ask your health care professional for more information because terconazole is also prescribed for other uses.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Always follow your dietary recommendations and exercise plan made by your health care professional. And ask your doctor for instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity. Or if your doctor didn’t give you any instructions, you can continue your normal diet. 

What are the side effects of terconazole?

Don’t use this medication without your doctor’s prescription, Doctors will suggest terconazole by judging the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. You should have to know the side effects and symptoms of this medication before taking this. 

If you are using this medication there may be some common side effects such as headache, increased vaginal/urethral burning, itching, pain in your body, or menstrual cramps. If you have experienced any of these side effects or symptoms and do not go away or are getting worse, then stop taking or using terconazole and call your doctor immediately.

There are some other very serious side effects or symptoms also occurring while you’re using this product such as bacterial vaginosis or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease-PID, in these side effects you will require a special different treatment. If you have seen any symptoms like stomach/abdominal pain, flu-like symptoms, foul-smelling discharge from the vagina then contact your healthcare professionals immediately.

Don’t use this product for a longer time period than prescribed, but in case, If you’re using terconazole for prolonged or repeated long periods then it may result in some serious side effects. If you notice or feel any of the new or worsening symptoms or side effects then tell your health care professionals.

Some side effects of Terconazole cream or suppository:

  • You’ll feel fever.
  • You’ll feel foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • When you insert cream or suppository in the vagina you’ll feel burning in the vagina. 
  • When you insert cream or suppository into the vagina you’ll feel irritation in the vagina.
  • You’ll feel a headache.
  • You’ll feel like you missed menstrual periods.
  • You’ll feel stomach pain.

It can also cause other side effects and if you have any unusual problems such as rash, itching, swelling especially on your face, tongue, or throat, you’ll feel severe dizziness and have trouble breathing apart from these while using terconazole then immediately contact your health care professionals because this is not the complete list of all symptoms and side effects of this medication.

What special precautions should I follow?

You should have followed this special precaution before using terconazole:

  • If you are allergic to terconazole or any other drugs then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you have any medical history like human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV), and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you are taking some prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products, or planning to take and especially antibiotic medications while using terconazole then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you have or have ever had problems with your immune system, or diabetes then tell your doctor and pharmacist
  • If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant while using the terconazole. If you become pregnant while using it then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • Before using this product, ask your health care professionals about the benefit or risk because if you are breastfeeding then this drug can pass into breast milk and the effect on a nursing infant.
  • If you are having surgery, including dental surgery while using terconazole then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • Before you can have sexual intercourse while using terconazole contact your health care professionals because the suppository may damage rubber products such as latex condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps and lead to failure. So, during treatment with the suppository form don’t try to use these products and for 3 days after treatment is over.

If you have experienced or faced any of the problems mentioned above then contact your health care professionals immediately. Follow all the mentioned precautions carefully, these are all precautions that you can take while using the terconazole. 

What can I do if I forget a dose?

When you start to take terconazole, always remember to write down all of the instructions that your healthcare professionals tell you when you ask a question.

If you forgot to take terconazole and if it is near the time of your next dose then we suggest you please skip that dose and take it at the next dose at the regular time. Don’t take the dose at irregular times. It makes your dose double and it would be harmful to you.

What are the Interactions of terconazole with other drugs?

Your healthcare professionals can already be aware of any drug interactions. Don’t try to change, stop, or start the dosage of any medicine before checking or before talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are taking some prescription and nonprescription medications, other vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal products, including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, or planning to take them, then tell your doctor and pharmacist before starting the treatment with this product.

Before using the terconazole medication, tell your healthcare professionals of all the products you use because this documentation doesn’t contain all the possible interactions. And the most important thing when you are taking these products doesn’t start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines you are using without your doctor’s approval. 

What happens if I overdose?

Talk to your healthcare professionals if you have experienced any of the following symptoms or side effects immediately. Some of the symptoms or side effects can occur because of an overdose of this medication.

What can I know about the storage and disposal of this medication?

Store this medication at room temperature and keep them away from light or excessive heat and moisture. And put them away from the reach of the pets and children, we suggest you put that medicine in a tightly closed container in which they came. 

You should have disposed of all the medication that is unneeded in a special way to ensure that children, pets, and other people can’t consume them. You can not flush them or pour them into the drain. You can return them to the pharmacist or the best way is that you can take back the program for returning your medicines.

What other information should I know?

Don’t miss any of your doctor and laboratory appointments because your doctor will check the response of this medicine then he/she will tell you the update or other pieces of information. So, keep all your appointments with your doctor, pharmacist, and the laboratory. Talk to your healthcare professionals if you feel your health condition is getting worse or your dose may need to be adjusted.

Be safe from sexual intercourse. Do not use such products as condoms or diaphragms within 72 hours of using terconazole because an ingredient in the cream may weaken. Don’t wear panties made of nylon, rayon, or other synthetic fabrics, wear only clean cotton panties or panties with cotton crotches. 

It is very important to tell your pharmacist about all your prescriptions and non-prescription you were taking and make a list of them and carry the list all the time. It would help you in case of emergencies. When you meet or visit your doctor you should bring the list. It’s important to your doctor.

And ensure that no one is taking your medicine or no one has them. And every time when you meet your pharmacist or doctor asks them any of the questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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