July 24, 2016

Yeast Infection (in Women and Men)

What over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

Topical antibiotic (antifungal) treatments (applied directly to the affected area) are available without a prescription. These include vaginal creams, tablets, or suppositories. Regimens vary according to the length of treatment and are typically 1- or 3-day regimens. Recurrent infections may require even longer courses of topical treatment. These topical treatments relieve symptoms and eradicate evidence of the infection in up to 90% of those who complete treatment.

Examples of over-the-counter drugs for yeast infections include:

  • clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex)
  • miconazole (Micatin, Monistat)
  • terconazole (Terzol)

Homeopathic methods have not been adequately studied for clinicians to recommend them and anti –itch medications treat only the itching symptoms but do not treat the underlying cause (yeast infection). Continue Reading

Reviewed on 6/23/2016