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Nonoxynol 9 Sponge

Generic Name: Nonoxynol 9 Sponge (non OKS i nole nine)
Brand Name: Today Sponge

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Uses of Nonoxynol 9 Sponge:

  • It is used to prevent pregnancy.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Nonoxynol 9 Sponge?

  • If you have an allergy to nonoxynol 9 or any other part of nonoxynol 9 sponge.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you or your partner has HIV infection.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not use nonoxynol 9 sponge if you are pregnant.
  • If you have given birth less than 6 weeks ago.
  • If you have ever had toxic shock syndrome.
  • If you are on your period.
  • If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with your doctor.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with nonoxynol 9 sponge.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take nonoxynol 9 sponge with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Nonoxynol 9 Sponge?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take nonoxynol 9 sponge. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If nonoxynol 9 sponge is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking nonoxynol 9 sponge, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Nonoxynol 9 Sponge) best taken?

Use nonoxynol 9 sponge as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not take nonoxynol 9 sponge by mouth. For vaginal use only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not use nonoxynol 9 sponge rectally.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • The sponge can be put in up to 24 hours before you have sex. If used the right way, nonoxynol 9 sponge works at once and lasts for up to 24 hours.
  • Leave the sponge in for at least 6 hours after last intercourse. Do not leave in for longer than 30 hours. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
  • Do not reuse the same sponge.
  • Remove the sponge before douching.
  • If you want to douche, wait at least 6 hours after last intercourse.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • This medicine is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Vaginal irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Bad-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • If your sex partner has irritation of the penis, trouble passing urine, or pain when passing urine.
  • Belly pain.
  • Chills.
  • Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has happened with nonoxynol 9 sponge. TSS is rare, but can be very bad and sometimes deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you have diarrhea, dizziness or light-headedness, passing out, fever, muscle pain, upset stomach, throwing up, or a sunburn-like rash.

What are some other side effects of Nonoxynol 9 Sponge?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Nonoxynol 9 Sponge?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about nonoxynol 9 sponge, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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