Prescription Medications for Yeast Infections
There are many non-prescription medications that can be used to treat yeast infections. These are usually available at a drugstore or in the drug department of a big box retailer or grocery market. If you have had yeast infections in the past, you might already be familiar with the signs of a yeast infection, and these over-the-counter medications would be perfectly appropriate. However, there are some females who do not know the symptoms of a yeast infection, suffer from ongoing yeast infections, or get extremely severe infections that require medications that have to be prescribed by a physician.
If you suffer from a really bad yeast infection, you may be prescribed a vaginal cream that is too strong to be sold as over-the-counter. Certain antifungal creams contain a steroid that will reduce swelling, redness, and pain associated with the infection that occurs at the vaginal opening and the vulva. These creams typically include an applicator that will allow you to use the proper amount.
A number of yeast infection treatments that are available without a prescription are also available as a prescription and simply include more of the active ingredient to combat more stubborn cases. These are usually creams that are applied inside the vaginal opening or as pills or suppositories that are inserted into the vagina, where they dissolve. Some of these medications are Terazol (terconazole), Monistat and Micatin (miconazole), and Lotramin and Mycelex (clotrimazole).
For the most part, the more active ingredient that is in a prescription, the less time it is required to be used. If a medication has a number 7 following the name, it would be taken for 7 days. If the same brand of medication has a number 3 following the name, there would be more active ingredient present and would require only 3 days of use.
Oral Antifungal Drugs
Sometimes, yeast infections can be cured by taking one dose of a oral antifungal drug known as Diflucan (fluconazole). This medication destroys yeast and fungus no matter where in the body it is located. As such, there might be some side effects that accompany its use. You might feel sick to your stomach or get a headache. These kinds of drugs are not appropriate for pregnant women because they can harm the baby.
Other Information about Yeast Infection Medications
- Be sure to finish all of the medications prescribed to you. The doses given to you are meant to target the Candida yeast as it goes through its growth cycle. You could experience relief from the symptoms prior to the infection running its course.
- The creams, pills, and suppositories that are inserted in the vagina to treat yeast infections are oil-based. This means they can cause diaphragms and condoms to break down. You should either not have sex while getting treatment for a yeast infection, or choose another kind of birth control.
- If you still have signs of a yeast infection after you have finished all the medicine, go back to your physician.
- If you experience more than four vaginal yeast infections over the course of 12 months, you need to make an appointment to see your physician. This is known as recurrent vulvovaginal Candidiasis and is referred to as RVVC. About 5% of females get this condition and have to go on treatment for as many as six months. Getting a lot of yeast infections over a short period of time might be indicative of a worse situation.
- Contact your physician if you do not understand any part of your treatment.