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What Prescription Medications Treat Vaginal Discharge?
The choice of medication depends upon the type of infection. Antibiotics and antifungal medications are the mainstay of treatment, administered either in topical, injection, or oral form, depending upon the particular infection.
Oral, injectable, and topical (applied as tablets or cream into the vaginal area) medications are used to treat the various causes of vaginal discharge.
It is important to take the full course of antibiotic or antifungal medication as prescribed, even if the symptoms have gone away. Should symptoms recur or persist despite treatment, contact your health care practitioner.
Antibiotic and antifungal medications are effective in eradicating the major infectious causes of vaginal discharge. Both gonorrhea and Chlamydia, when untreated, may progress to more severe infections involving the internal genital organs, known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause damage to the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and related structures and lead to ectopic pregnancies, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and other serious consequences.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
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