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How are oral antifungal medications used to treat vaginal yeast infections?

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Sometimes, a doctor may prescribe a single dose of the oral antifungal medication called fluconazole (Diflucan). This drug kills fungus and yeast throughout your body, so you may have minor side effects, such as an upset stomach or headaches, after taking it. Your doctor may need to prescribe it if you have a severe infection, and you’d take it for a short time. You shouldn’t take fluconazole to treat yeast infections if you're pregnant, because it may cause miscarriage or birth defects.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis: Causes and Treatments."

National Library of Medicine: "Vaginal Yeast Infection" and "Vaginal Itching."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

CDC: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Treatment Guidelines 2010: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

RxList.com: "Yeast Vaginitis."

UpToDate: “Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal candidiasis” and “Treatment of complicated vaginal candidiasis.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis: Causes and Treatments."

National Library of Medicine: "Vaginal Yeast Infection" and "Vaginal Itching."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

CDC: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Treatment Guidelines 2010: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

RxList.com: "Yeast Vaginitis."

UpToDate: “Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal candidiasis” and “Treatment of complicated vaginal candidiasis.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 10, 2018

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