Mycelex-G Vaginal is a medication used to treat yeast infections in the vagina. It uses a drug called clotrimazole, an antifungal, as the active ingredient for treatment. Mycelex-G is available in two forms as a vaginal cream and a tablet.
The active ingredient in Mycelex-G Vaginal, clotrimazole, is an azole antifungal medication that treats and prevents skin infections by stopping the growth of fungi like yeast, ringworm and oral thrush. Clotrimazole is commonly available commercially over-the-counter for treatment of fungal infections in the vagina, skin and mouth, and for conditions such as athlete’s foot and jock itch. Clotrimazole also relieves the burning, stinging, itching sensations and discharge that occur with fungal infections.
Mycelex-G Vaginal dosage depends on the severity of the infection. The treatment may vary as per physician recommendation. Generally for vaginal infections, clotrimazole should be used once a day at bedtime for 3 to 7 days for complete elimination of the fungus that causes the infection. Physicians may prescribe higher dosages for longer durations if necessary to contain the rate of infection. However, clotrimazole should not be taken more or less than directed by a physician or as indicated for self-treatment in the packaging.
Mycelex-G Vaginal should only be applied as directed in the packaging or as prescribed by a physician. Carefully read all the instructions included in the product before self-treatment. Ask a pharmacist or a doctor is any of the package instructions remain unclear.
Mycelex-G Vaginal skin cream is strictly for external use only. Thoroughly wash hands before gently applying the external cream on the affected area around the vagina. Care should be taken to avoid the cream getting into the eyes, ears, nose or mouth. If the cream gets into the eyes, promptly wash with cold running water. Consult a doctor if eyes continue to irritate.
Mycelex-G Vaginal cream comes with a device to apply the cream inside the vagina. (Be careful not to confuse the skin cream, which is for external use only, with the vaginal cream.) Wash hands and thoroughly clean the affected area before application. Lie down on your back on a comfortable space and draw knees to the chest. Then slowly insert the applicator as far as it would go without causing irritation and press the plunger to release the cream.
The tablet should also be inserted into the vagina, and not consumed. The tablet can be inserted using either the applicator or a finger. Wash hands thoroughly and scrub under fingernails if inserting digitally.
Mycelex-G Vaginal can potentially cause the following side effects:
Vaginal itching, burning or stinging sensations
Lower abdominal cramps
General skin irritation not present before
Consult a doctor immediately if side effects worsen after or persist for more than a couple of days.
Though severe allergic reactions are rare, Mycelex-G Vaginal should not be used if allergic to clotrimazole or other similar azole antifungals.
Do not use Mycelex-G Vaginal if pregnant or suspected of being pregnant without consulting a doctor first.