Vaginal Discharge (cont.)
Oral, injectable, and topical (applied as tablets or cream into the vaginal
area) medications are used to treat the various causes of vaginal discharge.
- A number of medications may be effective in the treatment of bacterial
vaginosis, including metronidazole (Flagyl),
tinidazole (Tindamax), and
clindamycin cream (Cleocin). These medications are also effective in the
treatment of trichomonas infections.
- Trichomonas is treated either with metronidazole (Flagyl) or tinidazole (Tindamax), given by mouth in a single dose. It is important for sex partners to be treated at the same time to avoid re-infection.
- In the past, penicillin was the drug of choice for treatment of uncomplicated
gonorrhea. However, new strains of gonorrhea have become resistant to various
antibiotics, including penicillins, and are therefore more difficult to treat.
Gonorrhea may be treated by an injection of
(Rocephin) intramuscularly or by
oral cefixime (Suprax). Other antibiotics may also be used.
- Chlamydia is typically treated by oral
(Zithromax, Zmax) or doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox and others).
- Vaginal yeast infections can be treated by topical creams such as
butoconazole (Gynazole 1),
miconazole (Monistat 3,
Monistat 5, Monistat 7, M-Zole Dual Pack, Micon 7), and
terconazole (Terazol 3,
Terazol 7). Nystatin (Mycostatin,
bio-Statin, Nilstat) is also available in vaginal
tablet form. Oral medications such as
fluconazole (Diflucan) can also be used if
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