Terazol

Generic Name: Terconazole

  • What is Terazol?

    Terazol is an antifungal used to treat yeast infections of the vulva and vagina.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Terazol?

    Use Terazol for as long as directed, even if the infection seems to have disappeared. If you stop too soon, the infection could return. You should continue using this medicine even during your menstrual period.
  • Who should not take Terazol?

    Do not use Terazol if you are sensitive to any component of the medication.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Terazol?

    Mention all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Terazol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are using a diaphragm.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Terazol 3 and Terazol 7 Vaginal Cream

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1 full applicator (5 grams) of cream inserted into the vagina once daily at bedtime. Apply Terazol 3 for 3 consecutive days and Terazol 7 for 7 consecutive days.

    Terazol 3 Vaginal Suppositories

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1 suppository inserted into the vagina once daily at bedtime for 3 consecutive days.

  • How should I take Terazol?

    Follow these steps to apply Terazol Cream:

    Filling the applicator:

    1. Remove the cap from the tube.

    2. Use the pointed tip on the top of the cap to puncture the seal on the tube.

    3. Screw the applicator onto the tube.

    4. Squeeze the tube from the bottom and fill the applicator until the plunger stops.

    5. Unscrew the applicator from the tube.

    Using the applicator:

    1. Lie on your back with your knees drawn up toward your chest.

    2. Holding the applicator by the ribbed end of the barrel, insert the filled applicator into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.

    3. Slowly press the plunger of the applicator to release the cream into the vagina.

    4. Remove the applicator from the vagina.

    5. Apply one full applicator each night for as many days at bedtime, as directed by your doctor.

    Cleaning the applicator (does not apply to sample applicators, which are for one-time use only):

    After each use, you should thoroughly clean the applicator by following the procedure below:

    1. Pull the plunger out of the barrel.

    2. Wash the pieces with lukewarm, soapy water, and dry them thoroughly.

    3. Put the applicator back together.

    Follow these steps to use Terazol suppositories:

    Filling the applicator:

    1. Break off suppository from the plastic strip.

    2. Pull the plastic completely apart at the notched end.

    3. Place the flat end of the suppository into the open end of the applicator as shown. You are now ready to insert the suppository into the vagina.

    Using the applicator:

    1. Lie on your back with your knees drawn up toward your chest.

    2. Holding the applicator by the ribbed end of the barrel, gently insert it into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.

    3. Press the plunger to release the suppository into the vagina.

    4. Remove the applicator from the vagina.

    Cleaning the applicator (does not apply to sample applicators, which are for one-time use only):

    After each use, you should thoroughly clean the applicator by following the procedure below:

    1. Pull the plunger out of the barrel.

    2. Wash both pieces with lukewarm, soapy water, and dry them thoroughly.

    3. Put the applicator back together by gently pushing the plunger into the barrel as far as it will go.

    Insertion without the applicator:

    1. Lie on your back with your knees drawn up toward your chest.

    2. Place the suppository on the tip of your finger as shown.

    3. Insert the suppository gently into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.

    To protect your clothing, wear a sanitary napkin. Do not use tampons because they will absorb the medicine. Wear cotton underwear and avoid synthetic fabrics such as nylon or rayon. Do not douche unless your doctor tells you to do so.

    Dry the genital area thoroughly after a shower, bath, or swim. Change out of a wet bathing suit or damp workout clothes as soon as possible. Moisture encourages the growth of yeast.

  • What should I avoid while taking Terazol?

    Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that does not allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

    Avoid sexual intercourse if your doctor advises you to do so. The suppository formulation (not the cream) may damage the diaphragm. Therefore, use of the diaphragm during therapy with the suppository is not recommended. Consult your physician. If your partner has any penile itching, redness, or discomfort, he should consult his physician and mention that you are being treated for a yeast infection.

    Try not to scratch. It can cause more irritation and can spread the infection.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Terazol?

    No significant interactions have been reported at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    If using Terazol suppositories, a component within the suppository may interact with certain rubber or latex products (such as those used in vaginal contraceptive diaphragms) and should not be used together.

  • What are the possible side effects of Terazol?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: headache, menstrual pain, vaginal itching or burning, increased vaginal discharge, stomach discomfort, cramps, skin rash, headache

  • Can I receive Terazol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Since Terazol is absorbed from the vagina, it should not be used during the first trimester (first 3 months) of pregnancy unless your doctor considers it essential to your health. Do not use Terazol while you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Terazol?

    If you miss a dose of Terazol, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. You should not use two doses at one time.
  • How should I store Terazol?

    Store at room temperature, away from direct heat or light. Do not freeze.