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Acetic acid gel

Generic Name: acetic acid (a-SEE-tik)
Brand Name: Acid Jelly

Acetic acid gel is used for:

Restoring and maintaining normal vaginal acidity.

Acetic acid gel is a buffered vaginal acid jelly. It works by maintaining the pH (acidity) in the vagina through its buffer action.

Do NOT use acetic acid gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in acetic acid gel

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using acetic acid gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with acetic acid gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with acetic acid gel. However, no specific interactions with acetic acid gel are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if acetic acid gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use acetic acid gel:

Use acetic acid gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Acetic acid gel comes with an additional patient information. Read it carefully and reread it each time you get acetic acid gel refilled.
  • For vaginal use only. Avoid contact with eyes, eyelids, acutely inflamed skin, or raw, oozing skin. If eye contact occurs, flush with water immediately.
  • Remove cap from tube. Reverse cap and place puncture tip onto tube. Push cap firmly until tube end is punctured.
  • Screw applicator onto tube end. Hold tube end with attached applicator up. Squeeze tube from bottom until medication fills applicator. Remove applicator from tube.
  • Lie on your back with knees drawn up. Hold filled applicator by barrel and gently insert it into the vagina as far as it will go comfortably. Press plunger and deposit material. While keeping plunger depressed, remove the applicator from vagina.
  • After each use, pull applicator apart and wash with soap and warm water. An applicator that is not clean may not function properly.
  • If you miss a dose of acetic acid gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use acetic acid gel.

Important safety information:

  • Acetic acid gel may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken acetic acid gel by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • LAB TESTS, such as monitoring vaginal toxicity, may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if acetic acid gel causes harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using acetic acid gel during pregnancy. It is unknown if acetic acid gel is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using acetic acid gel, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of acetic acid gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of acetic acid gel:

Store acetic acid gel at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep acetic acid gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about acetic acid gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acetic acid gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take acetic acid gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about acetic acid gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to acetic acid gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using acetic acid gel.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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