Nystatin - vaginal


Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Nystatin is used to treat fungal infections of the vagina in adults.
How do I use this medicine?
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Nystatin is available as a pessary or as a vaginal cream.

It is best to use this medicine at bedtime. Try to use it at the same time each day.

Nystatin vaginal cream and pessary is intended to be inserted into the vagina. Do not eat, chew or swallow it. Do not use it in any other way.

If you have been given the vaginal cream, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Open the tube by puncturing the metal seal with the pointed tip of the cap.
  3. Disposable applicators are provided to help you apply the cream into the vagina. Screw the end of the applicator securely onto the tube.
  4. Slowly squeeze the tube such that the medication fills the applicator completely.
  5. The applicator plunger will stop moving once the applicator is full. Do not overfill by pushing it past this point.
  6. Unscrew the applicator.
  7. Lie on your back with both knees bent and legs apart.
  8. Hold the applicator at the middle portion.
  9. Gently insert the applicator into the vagina. Insert only as far as it will comfortably go.
  10. Slowly press the applicator plunger until it stops. This will deposit the medication into the vagina.
  11. Gently withdraw the applicator.
If you have been given the pessary, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Remove the wrapper from the medicine (and the applicator, if available).
  3. If an applicator is supplied, fix the medicine into the hole at the end of the applicator.
  4. Lie on your back with both knees bent and legs apart.
  5. Gently insert the pessary into the vagina, either using your fingers or the applicator. Insert only as far as it will comfortably go.
  6. If you are using an applicator, press the plunger to release the medicine, then gently remove the applicator.
  7. Wash your hands again after inserting the medicine.
Avoid any direct contact of Nystatin vaginal cream with your eyes. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine accidentally gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on your condition and response to the medication.

Nystatin must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not skip any doses even when you have your menstruation. You must complete the entire course of medicine. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply or insert the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Nystatin if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or any of its ingredients.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have a weakened immune system.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Nystatin may damage the latex of certain “barrier” method contraceptives (e.g. condoms, diaphragm). You may discuss alternative birth control methods with your doctor.

Maintain good hygiene as this is important in managing fungal infections.

Keep a towel or flannel for your own use to avoid spreading the infection to other people.

You should avoid sexual contact until your doctor certifies that you are cleared from the infection.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What side effects could I experience?
Nystatin may cause irritation on the application site.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen face, eyes, mouth or throat, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills containing progesterone.

Let your doctor know if you are using any other vaginal preparations, such as a vaginal douche or other medication that is applied in the vagina.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Protect from heat, moisture or light. Do not freeze.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on nystatin - vaginal and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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