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What is Gyno-Miconazole?
Gyno-Miconazole is an antifungal treatment that has been developed specifically for vaginal use. It contains the active ingredient miconazole, a medicine that kills various types of fungi and yeasts, including Candida albicans, a type of fungus that causes a common vaginal fungal infection called vaginal thrush. Gyno-Miconazole works fast and effectively: within two days of taking it the symptoms will subside. Gyno-Miconazole is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Gyno-Miconazole used for?
Gyno-Miconazole is used to treat vaginal fungal infections. These types of infections are characterised by an increase of white discharge from the vagina, and irritation or itching in the vagina/labia area. Fungal infections of the vagina, such as vaginal thrush, are often caused by a yeast called Candida albicans. Candida lives harmlessly on the skin, in the mouth, gut and vagina and is normally kept under control by harmless bacteria. But sometimes conditions change and the yeast increases rapidly, causing symptoms of discharge and irritation. To prevent infection it is best to avoid washing your vaginal area with soap. Also avoid using panty liners and synthetic underwear. This helps keep fungi, yeasts and bacteria in the vagina in balance.
How to use it
Gyno-Miconazole nitrate is available as a vaginal cream. The cream should be inserted into the vagina according to the instructions in the package leaflet, using the disposable applicator provided. Apply at bedtime to allow the medicine to act while you sleep. If itching in the labia area is making you feel very uncomfortable, you can apply some cream thinly to the labia. It is important to finish the prescribed course, even if it seems the infection has cleared up.
Note: Do not rely on condoms or cervical caps when using Gyno-Miconazole cream. Miconazole may weaken the rubber up to three days of using the cream, causing them to break.
Unless otherwise instructed by the doctor, the recommended dose of Gyno-Miconazole nitrate is:
- Women aged 16 and older: insert one dose of cream into the vagina at bedtime for 10 days.
Consult a doctor if the symptoms have not improved after seven days. Read the package leaflet before use.
In general, Gyno-Miconazole cream has very few side effects, or none at all. Some women may experience mild side effects such as:
- Vaginal itching or burning after application;
For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Gyno-Miconazole
Gyno-Miconazole is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antifungal medicine if:
- You are allergic to miconazole or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Be sure to inform the doctor of any medicines you are taking to avoid potential interactions with Gyno-Miconazole nitrate.
This medicine can be used safely by pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Gyno-Miconazole does not affect your reaction time.
Gyno-Miconazole does not interact with alcohol.