What is terconazole?
Terconazole is anprescription medicine approved by the U.S. (FDA) for the treatment of vulvovaginal , which is an of the female vulva and vagina and is a type of candidiasis.
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How is terconazole used in people with HIV?
The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents include recommendations on the use of terconazole to treat uncomplicated vulvovaginal candidiasis.
The above may not include all of the uses of terconazole in people with HIV that are recommended in the guidelines. Some recommended uses, such as uses in certain rare circumstances, may have been omitted.
What should I tell my health care provider before taking terconazole?
Before taking terconazole, tell your health care provider:
- If you are allergic to terconazole or any other medicines.
- About any medical conditions you have or have had, for example, or yeast infections.
- About anything that could affect your ability to take medicines, such as difficulty with remembering when to take medicines.
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Terconazole should not be used in the first trimester of pregnancy unless your health care provider considers it essential for your health. Terconazole may be used during the second and third trimester if the potential benefit outweighs the possible risks to the . Talk to your health care provider about possible risks with taking terconazole when pregnant.
- If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV.
- About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Terconazole may affect the way other medicines or products work, and other medicines or products may affect how terconazole works. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between terconazole and the other medicines you take.
Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from terconazole. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.
How should I take terconazole?
Take terconazole according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much terconazole to take and when to take it. Before you start terconazole and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.
How should terconazole be stored?
- Store terconazole vaginal cream (0.4% and 0.8%) between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
- Store terconazole vaginal suppositories at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
- Do not use terconazole if the original seal over the container opening is broken or missing.
- Throw away terconazole that is no longer needed or expired (out of date). Follow FDA guidelines on how to safely dispose of unused medicine.
- Keep terconazole and all medicines out of reach of children.
Where can I find more information about terconazole?
More information about terconazole is available:
- Recommendations on the HIV-related use of terconazole, from the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents, prepared by the , the , and the HIV Medicine Association of the Diseases Society of America
- Terconazole-related research studies, from
Last Reviewed: February 6, 2019