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nystatin vaginal

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Mycostatin

GENERIC NAME(S): NYSTATIN

Uses

This medication is used to treat vaginal fungal infections, commonly called vaginal yeast infections. It helps to reduce itchiness, redness, and irritating discharge. Nystatin works by stopping the growth of the fungus.

How to use nystatin vaginal

Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

This product is for vaginal use. With clean hands, unwrap the tablet and place it in the applicator. Insert the applicator high into the vagina, usually once a day at bedtime or as directed by your doctor. If the applicator is reusable, follow the product instructions on how to clean it.

To prevent medication from leaking out of the vagina, lie down as soon as possible after use. You may use a sanitary napkin to prevent clothing stains. Do not use tampons while using this medication because they can decrease its effectiveness. In most cases, you should not use medicated douches during nystatin treatment. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use this medication at the same time each day.

Continue to use this medication for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days and even if you get your menstrual period. Stopping the medication too early may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects

Though very unlikely, nystatin may cause vaginal irritation. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using nystatin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

This medication should be used with caution during pregnancy and only when clearly needed. Check with your doctor before using the applicator if you are or think you may be pregnant. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Interactions

Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. This medication may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.

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NYSTATIN VAGINAL TABLET
NYSTATIN VAGINAL TABLET

Identification

color
pale yellow
shape
oval
imprint
ODYSSEY, 705
This medicine is a pale yellow, oval tablet imprinted with "ODYSSEY" and "705".

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