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Acetic acid/ oxyquinoline

Generic Name: acetic acid/oxyquinoline (ah-SEE-tick ASS-id/OX-ih-KWIN-oh-lin)
Brand Name: Examples include Fem pH and Relagard

Acetic acid/ oxyquinoline is used for:

Increasing and maintaining vaginal acidity in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Acetic acid/oxyquinoline is a non-irritating vaginal gel. It works by increasing the acidic level in the vagina.

Do NOT use acetic acid/ oxyquinoline if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in acetic acid/oxyquinoline

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

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Before using acetic acid/ oxyquinoline:

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

  • if you are pregnant, planning 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/oxyquinoline. However, no specific interactions with acetic acid/oxyquinoline 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/oxyquinoline 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/ oxyquinoline:

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

  • Acetic acid/oxyquinoline is for vaginal use only. Do not get acetic acid/oxyquinoline in the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Attach the enclosed applicator to the tube of acetic acid/oxyquinoline by screwing it on clockwise. Squeeze the tube to force the contents into the barrel until the applicator is filled.
  • Detach the applicator from the tube and gently insert it into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go.
  • Press the plunger and deposit the medication until the barrel of the applicator is emptied.
  • Keeping the plunger depressed, remove the applicator from the vagina.
  • Take apart the applicator, and wash it with warm, soapy water and rinse it well after each use.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using acetic acid/oxyquinoline.
  • Do not use tampons while using acetic acid/oxyquinoline. Use a deodorant-free pad or panty shield instead.
  • If you miss a dose of acetic acid/oxyquinoline, 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. Do not use 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Acetic acid/oxyquinoline may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken acetic acid/oxyquinoline by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • LAB TESTS, including vaginal pH levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking acetic acid/oxyquinoline, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using acetic acid/oxyquinoline during pregnancy. It is unknown if acetic acid/oxyquinoline is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using acetic acid/oxyquinoline, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of acetic acid/ oxyquinoline:

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 or stinging at the application site.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; 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. Acetic acid/oxyquinoline may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of acetic acid/oxyquinoline:

Store acetic acid/oxyquinoline 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/oxyquinoline out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about acetic acid/oxyquinoline, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acetic acid/oxyquinoline 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/oxyquinoline 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/oxyquinoline. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to acetic acid/oxyquinoline. 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/oxyquinoline.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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