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What is the best OTC yeast infection medication? If I know it's yeast for sure, is taking OTC just as good as getting an prescription from my doctor?

What is the best OTC yeast infection medication? If I know it's yeast for sure,  is taking OTC just as good as getting an prescription from my doctor?

Preference.: The otc ones are all about the same. The otc creams and tablets can some times cause local irritation and burning (but they also can relieve symptoms about a day or so sooner than the prescription tablet diflucan). Diflucan (fluconazole) is more convenient to take, but can cause GI symptoms like stomach upset - and doesn't work any significantly better than the otc meds. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What is the best OTC treatment for a yeast infection.

Here's a list.: These are reasonable choices: Gyne-Lotrimin or Mycelex (clotrimazole) Gynezol or Femstat (butoconazole) Monistat (miconazole nitrate) Vagistat-1 (tioconazole). If your symptoms persist after treatment, you might have the wrong diagnosis, since other disorders can resemble vaginal yeast infection. If symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC product for anal AND vaginal yeast infection. ?

What is the best OTC product for anal AND vaginal yeast infection. ?

Fluconazole/Diflucan: I would recommend fluconazole (Diflucan) by mouth. The standard treatment is a single oral dose of 150 mg and it is available OTC. Typical yeast creams and suppositories might work, but there is little experience with them for anal/rectal yeast. Oral treatment is best. If your diagnosis has not been professionally confirmed, that should be your next step, before self-treating. ...Read more

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Can I take a probiotic to stop a yeast infection? If not, what's the best OTC treatment? Been on antibiotics for 2 weeks & I think that caused it.

Can I take a probiotic to stop a yeast infection? If not, what's the best OTC treatment? Been on antibiotics for 2 weeks & I think that caused it.

Probiotic won't work: If you have had vaginal yeast and have the same symptoms now, you probably can safely treat yourself. A probiotic probably won't work; you need an anti-yeast drug. Look for a product whose active ingredient ends in "azole" (Monistat®, Terazol®, Gyne-Lotrimin® and others). But if in doubt, get advice from the doc that prescribed the antibiotic. If you self treat, call doc if no better in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 1000mg of amoxcillian q12 hrs for strep & uri, it has given me a yeast infection what's the best OTC antifungal to treat secondary infec?

Good choices: There are plenty of available otc choices when it comes to yeast infection treatments for women. Many patients have had success with the Monistat 1 (tioconazole) due to its short duration of therapy which increases compliance. ...Read more

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Please tell me the most recommended oral OTC for yeast infection?

Diflucan (fluconazole) is a: Prescription medication. I don't know of an over the counter oral yeast treatment. ...Read more

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Best medicine for yeast infection help please?

Depends: Over the counter yeast meds work very well & are often tried first. If you have a stubborn situation w repeat yeast infections, it's best to be evaluated by a gynecologist for the best way to get the situation under control.. Options include use of oral fluconazole, probiotics, acidification of the vagina & even use of gentian violet. Sometimes blood tests for underlying issues is a good idea. ...Read more

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Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


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