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10 OTC Medicines for Yeast Infection and Their Side Effects

Candidiasis - Granulomatous

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Having a yeast infection entails more than just feeling itchy. If left untreated, this disease could potentially put your life at risk. However, if you diagnose and treat at its early stage, you can prevent further need for a more serious and costly intervention. If the medication is effective and you continue to live a healthy lifestyle, then you can also lower the risk of the possible reoccurrence of this infection.

There are a lot of available over-the-counter drugs in the market that can provide relief and complete cure to your candida infection. In general, these over-the-counter medicines come in the form of non-prescription suppositories, tablets, mouthwashes and vaginal creams that can be found at major drugstores and even supermarkets.

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Vaginal cream can be applied inside your vagina or the vulva. It is usually smeared during nighttime because it is messy to have and causes stain. Using medicines that can be gurgled leaves some stain too. Suppositories, on the other hand, are made to be inserted at the vagina and it will dissolve on its own accord. Tablets are much more practical to use because it has stronger composition and can relieve yeast infection symptoms sooner. Here are some examples of treatment method proposed by the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs and endorsed by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

1. Clotrimazole


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Clotrimazole is a suppository used for preventing fungus from growing as well as for treating vaginal infections. There is a possibility that you might get an allergic reaction from using this medication. Allergic reaction may come in the form of shortness of breath, swelling of some body parts and hives. Less serious side effects are increased need to urinate and additional skin irritation.

2. Vagistat-1

Vagistat-1 has the tendency to trigger allergic reactions if you are suffering from abdominal pain, fever, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and foul-smelling discharge. It is in the category C of the FDA pregnancy advisories. It means that it is still unknown if it is safe to use when you are breastfeeding or carrying an unborn child. Its side effect may include irritation of vaginal area, headache, drowsiness and upper respiratory infection. All of these are just temporary and will not heavily interfere with your daily life.

3. Butoconazole

Unlike other forms of medication, Butoconazole cannot be used when you are using other douches or vaginal creams. Moreover, the effectiveness of your birth control methods may be significantly lessened when Butoconazole is being used at the same time. Such side effect occurs because it has some components of mineral oil that can weaken the latex rubber of diaphragms and condoms.

4. Nystan

Nystan is a sensitive drug that you are not to take if you have fructose intolerance, sucraae-isomaltase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption problems. It will mainly affect your ability to operate machines and drive. It could also potentially affect your baby if you are taking it during your pregnancy.

5. Monistat

Monistat can both be used for oral and vaginal yeast infection. Unlike nystatin, it can treat neonatal oral yeast infections. It is commonly absorbed by the intestinal tract when applied orally. This process makes miconazole susceptible to interact with other drugs that could potentially produce adverse effect in the body.

6. Daktarin Oral Gel

It is highly unadvisable for you to use Daktarin Oral Gel when you are experiencing liver problems. Moreover, you cannot use it for your infant especially because swallowing it might cause negative reaction to his or her internal organs.

7. Sporanox

If you are at risk for heart problems, then taking Sporanox would be something that I would advise to you. It has been shown in some trials that this medication can expose you having a heart problem or making your existing condition worse.

8. Chlorhexidine Mouthwash

This mouthwash is specifically for oral yeast infection only. It is quite safe to use with no major side effects unless staining of your teeth, tongue and inside of your mouth.

9. Gentian Violet

Gentian Violet is a dye that can eliminate candida in the oral area. A small amount is swabbed on the area that is directly infected by the accumulation of yeast. Swallowing it could potentially trigger your allergies. You should not give it to your infant because it might cause ulcers or open sores on your baby’s mouth.

10. AZO Natural Yeast Symptom Prevention and Relief Tablets

This is a natural medicine tablet that works by stimulating your defense system. Because it is a pill, it courses through the body and not just covers the superficial manifestation of yeast infection. It has no known side effect but its usage can also pave the wave for your athlete’s foot to be killed since it targets generally all fungi infection.

Though these medications do not need prescription, I would highly recommend that you will still take the initiative to consult a doctor. As a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found out, only 33% of the women who self-medicated actually had yeast infection. Therefore, do not go jumping into conclusion just because some symptoms of yeast infection showed up in your body. Nothing can go wrong when you seek professional health.


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