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Best Otc For Yeast Infection
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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