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Generic drug name: terconazole (tir KONE a zole)
Brand name(s): TERAZOL 3, TERAZOL 7
GENERIC: not available FAMILY: Drugs for Fungal Infection
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Terconazole is used to treat vaginal fungal infections. It is equally as effective as some other antifungal creams (for example clotrimazole and miconazole), but it is absorbed into the body much more than these drugs and can cause flulike symptoms of headache, chills, fever, and a drop in blood pressure.[1],[2]

Following vaginal administration of terconazole, absorption ranged from 5 to 8% in three hysterectomized subjects and from 12% to 16% in two non-hysterectomized patients with tubal...

Terconazole is used to treat vaginal fungal infections. It is equally as effective as some other antifungal creams (for example clotrimazole and miconazole), but it is absorbed into the body much more than these drugs and can cause flulike symptoms of headache, chills, fever, and a drop in blood pressure.[1],[2]

Following vaginal administration of terconazole, absorption ranged from 5 to 8% in three hysterectomized subjects and from 12% to 16% in two non-hysterectomized patients with tubal ligations.[3]

If you are using this drug, or if your doctor recommends it, ask your doctor to change your prescription.

In September 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory regarding reports of anaphylaxis and toxic epidermal necrolysis (death of skin) in patients using terconazole. The advisory stated that terconazole should be discontinued if anaphylaxis or toxic epidermal necrolysis develops.[4]

Mild vaginal infections are often self-limiting.[5] For some women a bland cream (without drugs) relieves symptoms until infection spontaneously goes away.[6] Preventive measures include less sugar in the diet and avoiding tight-fitting pants and panty hose. Cotton is preferable to synthetics.[7] Dry the vaginal area thoroughly after bathing or swimming.

last reviewed April 30, 2021