Prescription Drugs for Yeast Infection Cure
Are prescription drugs the best yeast infection cure? They require a visit to your doctor first. Why go through the time, expense, and inconvenience of a visit to the doctors office?
The primary reason to visit a doctor is if you've never had a yeast infection and are not sure if that's what you have. Your doctor can help by diagnosing your exact condition. This is especially important if the genitals are affected as you want to make sure you don't have a more serious condition or disease.
Second, if your condition does not respond to either home remedies or over-the-counter products in a reasonable time you may have a more serious condition.
Remember: If you are not sure what your condition is or if your symptoms do not improve or get worse SEE YOUR DOCTOR immediately!
Also, remember that if your doctor confirms that you do indeed have a yeast infection it is still up to you to decide which yeast infection cure - natural or drug-based - you prefer.
Your doctor will need to examine the yeast infection. For vaginal yeast infection, most likely a pelvic examination will be performed followed by a wet prep. The doctor or lab can confirm that you indeed have a yeast infection by visually identification under the microscope.
These drugs are more powerful than what is available over-the-counter and thus require a doctor's prescription for yeast infection cure. They come in two basic forms:
- topical creams - applied to affected area
- pills - taken orally
These drugs are anti-fungals that work by attacking the fungus directly. The creams are preferable in that they are applied directly to the affected area while the pills saturate your entire system with the drug. Considering there are sometimes adverse side effects, the local application seems to be the wiser choice for yeast infection cure. Even though the pill form lets you avoid the messiness of the cream application don't forget that you're exposing your body to a fairly strong substance.
Your doctor will probably prescribe one of the following drugs (active ingredient shown in parenthesis):
- Gynazole (butoconazole) - cream
- Terazol (terconazole) - cream
- Diflucan (fluconazole) - a pill
- Nizoral (ketoconazole) - pill or cream
Know the Side Effects
Be sure to read all product literature before taking any drug. It's also a good idea to search on-line to read for yourself the possible side effects. Some of these drugs cause headaches, fever, and flu-like symptoms in some women. But some drugs have more serious side effects such as liver damage or irregular heartbeat. Never assume you'll be excluded from the group that experiences adverse reaction to a drug.
In addition to side effects, some individuals may have an allergic reaction to any of these drugs, ranging from uncomfortable to potentially serious.
Finally, the anti-fungals have also been shown to breakdown latex, the material used in condoms and diaphragms.
The Gynazole product comes in a single-dose pre-filled disposable applicator as a one-time treatment. It relies on a strong concentration of the anti-fungal butoconazole -- the same active ingredient used in the OTC products Femstat and Mycelex.
Negatives include: possible side effects, possible allergic reactions, and latex breakdown.
Terazol is packaged in three suppositories. These are inserted each night at bedtime, for 3 nights.
The product literature for Diflucan touts the wonders of taking 1 pill versus 7 days of messy creams. But be sure to read all the fine print. From the www.diflucan.com website we quote:
"In clinical studies, the most common side effects associated with Diflucan were headache (13%), nausea (7%), and abdominal pain (6%). With Diflucan there is the possibility of an increased risk of side effects compared with creams. To prevent heart-related complications, do not take Diflucan if you are taking Propulsid®. In rare instances, serious effects on the liver and serious allergic reactions were reported. Do not take Diflucan if you are nursing. If you are pregnant or taking other medications, consult your doctor."
Okay, it's your body. But why risk "abdominal pain", "heart-related complications", "serious allergic reactions", etc.??? Is a few days of the creamy mess really that bad? Have you tried yogurt and proboitics already? Many women have found that home remedies provide an effective yeast infection cure.
Remember your mother's advice ... "Don't become a highway statistic. Wear your seat-belt!"? Well, why risk becoming a "prescription drug statistic"? If you're sure you have a yeast infection, try some yogurt or other non-risky remedies first. [End of soapbox!]
Nizoral is another powerful but risky medication. It comes in a variety of forms including a pill, a cream and even an OTC shampoo. All contain the broad spectrum anti-fungal ketoconazole.
The oral form comes with the following warnings:
" .... must be used cautiously if you have a history of liver disease. Hepatitis is the most dangerous side effect of this drug. ... You may experience nausea and vomiting. ... Can lead to dangerously irregular heartbeats."
Please read my soapbox above under Diflucan and I'll save my breath.
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