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Butoconazole Description

Butoconazole Description


Pronunciation: (byoo toe koe' na zole)

Trade Name(s): Femstat

Why it is prescribed: Butoconazole is used to treat fungal and yeast infections of the vagina.

When it is to be taken: Butoconazole is usually used daily at bedtime for either three or six days. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Do not stop taking butoconazole when your symptoms improve. Take all of the doses prescribed. Continue using this medication during your menstrual period. Do not miss doses.

How it should be taken: Butoconazole comes in the form of cream to be inserted in the vagina. Read the instructions provided with the medication and follow these steps:
(1) Fill the special applicator that comes with the cream to the level indicated.
(2) Lie on your back with your knees drawn upward and spread apart.
(3) Insert the applicator into your vagina and then push the plunger to release the medication. If you are pregnant, insert the applicator gently. If you feel resistance, do not try to insert it further, call your doctor.
(4) Withdraw and discard the applicator. 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 touch unless your doctor tells you to do so.

Special Instruction:
1. If your symptoms (vaginal burning, itching, discharge, or irritation) worsen or continue after you have used all of the medication prescribed, contact your doctor.
2. Wear clean cotton panties (or panties with cotton crotches), not panties made of nylon, rayon, or other synthetic fabrics.
3. If you forget to take a dose, insert the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if you do not remember until it is time for your next schedule dose, omit the missed dose and insert the schedule dose. Do not use a double dose.

Side Effects: Increased burning, itching, and irritation of the vagina are rarely seen. Contact your doctor.

Other Precautions:
1. If you are a pregnant or breast-feeding women, tell your doctor before using butoconazole.
2. If you become pregnant while using butoconazole, contact your doctor.
3. Butoconazole is safe to use during the last six months of pregnancy, but its effect on an unborn baby is not known when it is used during the first three months.
4. Do not allow anyone else to use your medication.

Storage Conditions: Keep this medication out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat. Do not allow it to freeze.

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