Generic Name: tioconazole (TYE-oh-KON-a-zole)
Brand Name: Examples include Monistat-1 and Vagistat-1
Tioconazole is used for:
Treating vaginal yeast infections.
Tioconazole is an antifungal agent. It works by weakening the cell membrane of the fungus, resulting in the death of the fungus.
Do NOT use tioconazole if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in tioconazole
- you have never had a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor
- you have diabetes, a positive HIV test, or AIDS
- you have stomach, back, or shoulder pain; fever (above 100 degrees F); chills; nausea; vomiting; foul-smelling vaginal discharge; or diarrhea
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using tioconazole:
Some medical conditions may interact with tioconazole. 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
- if you have been exposed to HIV
- if this is the first time you have had vaginal itching and discomfort
- if you have shoulder, stomach, or lower back pain; fever; chills; foul-smelling vaginal discharge; or nausea or vomiting
- if you have frequent yeast infections (eg, 1 per month, 3 within 6 months)
- if you are taking antibiotics
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with tioconazole. However, no specific interactions with tioconazole are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if tioconazole 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 tioconazole:
Use tioconazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with tioconazole. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Tioconazole is for vaginal use only. Do not use in the eyes or take by mouth.
- Insert 1 applicatorful into the vagina at bedtime. Throw applicator away after use.
- Wash your hands immediately after using tioconazole.
- Only one dose of tioconazole is required. If you forget to use tioconazole, use it as soon as you remember.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use tioconazole.
Important safety information:
- Tioconazole is for vaginal use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get tioconazole in your eyes, flush with a generous amount of cool water.
- Most women who use tioconazole do not experience complete relief of symptoms within 1 day. Most women experience some relief within 1 day and complete relief within 7 days. If your symptoms do not improve within 3 days, if they last more than 7 days, or if they become worse, stop using tioconazole and contact your health care provider at once. You may have a more serious illness.
- Do not use tioconazole for itching caused by other conditions.
- Do not use tampons while you are using tioconazole and until all of your symptoms go away. Use unscented pads or pantiliners.
- Do not have vaginal sexual intercourse while you are using tioconazole.
- Tioconazole may decrease the effectiveness of condoms and diaphragms, increasing the chance of pregnancy or risk of sexually transmitted disease. Do not use condoms or diaphragms for at least 3 days after treatment with tioconazole.
- Do not use tampons, douches, spermicides, or other vaginal products while using tioconazole.
- If you use topical products too often, your condition may become worse.
- Tioconazole should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using tioconazole while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use tioconazole, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of tioconazole:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild vaginal burning, irritation, or itching.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fever or chills; foul-smelling vaginal discharge; nausea; severe or prolonged vaginal burning, irritation, or itching; stomach pain; vomiting.
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 tioconazole:
Store tioconazole 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. Do not use if the wrapper on the applicator is torn or damaged. Keep tioconazole out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about tioconazole, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Tioconazole 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 tioconazole 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 tioconazole. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tioconazole. 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 tioconazole.
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.