Butoconazole vaginal cream is used to treat yeast infections of the vagina.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Side Effects Of Butoconazole Vaginal Cream
Butoconazole may cause side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- burning in the vagina when the cream is inserted
- irritation in the vagina when the cream is inserted
- stomach pain
- foul-smelling discharge
Warnings & Precautions
Before using butoconazole vaginal cream:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to butoconazole or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially antibiotic medications and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetes, problems with your immune system, human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV), or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using butoconazole vaginal cream, call your doctor.
Butoconazole Vaginal Cream Dosage
Butoconazole comes as a cream to insert into the vagina. It is usually used daily at bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use butoconazole vaginal cream exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To use the butoconazole vaginal cream, read the instructions provided with the medication and follow these steps:
- Fill the special applicator that comes with the cream to the level indicated.
- Lie on your back with your knees drawn upward and spread apart.
- Insert the applicator high into your vagina (unless you are pregnant), and then push the plunger to release the medication. If you are pregnant, insert the applicator gently. If you feel resistance (hard to insert), do not try to insert it further; call your doctor.
- Withdraw the applicator and discard.
- Wash your hands promptly to avoid spreading the infection.
- The dose should be applied when you lie down to go to bed. The drug works best if you do not get up again after applying it except to wash your hands. You may wish to wear a sanitary napkin to protect your clothing against stains. Do not use a tampon because it will absorb the drug. Do not douche unless your doctor tells you to do so.
- Continue to use butoconazole even if you feel well. Do not stop using butoconazole vaginal cream without talking to your doctor. Continue using this medication during your menstrual period.
Keep all appointments with your doctor. Butoconazole vaginal cream is for external use only. Do not let the cream get into your eyes or mouth, and do not swallow it.
Refrain from sexual intercourse. An ingredient in the cream may weaken certain latex products like condoms or diaphragms; do not use such products within 72 hours of using this medication. Wear clean cotton panties (or panties with cotton crotches), not panties made of nylon, rayon, or other synthetic fabrics.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the butoconazole vaginal cream, call your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.