How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Terconazole belongs to the family of medications called antifungals. It is used to treat vaginal yeast infections. It works by stopping the growth of the fungus responsible for the infection.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Terazol 7 Vaginal Cream
Each g of white-to-off-white, water washable cream contains terconazole 0.4%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: butylated hydroxyanisole, cetyl alcohol, isopropyl myristate, polysorbate 60, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, purified water, and stearyl alcohol.
Terazol 3 Dual-Pack Package is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under terconazole. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.
How should I use this medication?
Vaginal cream: Insert one full applicator of vaginal cream into the vagina at bedtime for 7 consecutive nights. In addition, apply a thin layer of vaginal cream directly to the vulva and massage it in gently.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is very important that this medication be used exactly as prescribed. Finish all of the prescribed medication even if you start feeling better. If a dose is missed, apply it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Terconazole should not to be used by anyone allergic to terconazole or to any of the ingredients of the medication.
What side effects are possible with this medication?
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
- body pain
- vaginal pain, burning, or itching
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- fever, chills, or flu-like symptoms
- skin rash or hives
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- signs of a severe skin reaction such as blistering, peeling, a rash covering a large area of the body, a rash that spreads quickly, or a rash combined with fever or discomfort
- signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY
June 9, 2014
Health Canada has issued new restrictions concerning the use of Terazol (terconazole). To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada's web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.
Condition does not improve: Check with your doctor if your condition does not improve after treatment. Failure to improve may also mean that the infection may not be fungal, or that another infection may have developed.
Condoms and diaphragms: Some of the ingredients in the ovule formulation may interact with certain natural rubber products, such as those used in condoms or vaginal contraceptive diaphragms. The use of the ovules with these is not recommended. The cream may be considered for use under these conditions.
Sensitivities: If sensitivity, vaginal irritation, fever, chills, or flu-like symptoms occur during use of terconazole, stop using the medication and call your doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during the first trimester of pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Pregnant women should exercise caution in using the vaginal applicator. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if terconazole passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between terconazole and any of the following:
- other medications applied into the vagina
If you are using any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
- stop using one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are using one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. In many cases, interactions are intended or are managed by close monitoring. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.