Instead of going to their doctors, many women can now go to the drugstore to find relief. The FDA has approved the active ingredient in two of the most commonly prescribed antifungal drugs for nonprescription use: Monistat (miconazole nitrate) and Gyne-Lotrimin (clotrimazole), available on drugstore shelves.
That’s good news for women with recurrent yeast infections who must pay for each office visit. For those with a suspected first time infection, however, the label advises a doctor visit for confirmation. Women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant, as well as women who have had more than four yeast infections in one year’s time, are also urged to use the product under a doctor’s supervision.
The smartest course is to use non-prescription medication only if you are familiar with yeast infection symptoms from previous attacks. If symptoms do not clear within a week, consult your doctor.
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