Butoconazole

Butoconazole is a generic anti-fungal medication that treats vaginal infection caused by Candida Albican yeast. This drug works by stopping the fungi from growing or spreading.

Formulation and Dosage

This anti-fungal medicine is sold in the form of an intra-vaginal cream. It actually contains 2% of the active ingredient Butoconazole Nitrate. Unlike other vaginal creams that usually treat yeast infection for 7 days, 2% Butoconazole cream is good for 3-day therapy. It is also available for 6-day treatment.

Similar to the vaginal creams previously discussed, Butoconazole is usually applied daily before bedtime for either three or six days. Follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor, or read carefully the dosage found in the package leaflet.

Brand Name

Butoconazole is available over-the-counter under the brand name Femstat.

Side Effects

The minor side effects rarely observed are :

  • increased burning sensation in the vaginal area
  • itching
  • irritation of the vagina
  • pelvic pain or cramps
  • soreness and swelling
  • increased urination.

Be watchful when you start to manifest any of the following signs of allergic reaction to this drug:

  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Helpful Information When Using Butoconazole

When using any medication, be careful in following the dosage as well as handling the drug.

  • Butoconazole cream is to be inserted into the vagina only and not to be applied in other areas of fungal infection.
  • Always wash your hands after using the cream.
  • Disposable applicators are included in the pack and to be used when inserting the cream into the vagina.
  • Use sanitary napkin to avoid staining your clothes.
  • Follow the dosing or schedule, and if you miss a dose, use it immediately when you remember. It is a once-a-day application and preferably at night for your comfort and ease.
  • Refrain from using tampons when under treatment because the tampon will absorb the drug.
  • Butoconazole should be used for the whole treatment even during your monthly period.
  • Refrain from using birth control like diaphragms and condoms because they may not work effectively while you are treating with Butoconazole.
  • Do not share your medication with anyone else.

There are other precautions you need to take note especially for pregnant women:

  • Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant before using Butoconazole.
  • Contact your doctor if you become pregnant while using thie cream.
  • This drug is safe to use during the last 6 months of pregnancy. Although no effect on unborn infants have been reported for those who used Butoconazole during the first trimester, it is still best to follow necessary precautions.