Oral Medicines for Vaginal Yeast Infections
How Well It Works
Antifungal treatments cure infections 80% to 90% of the time.Reference 1 (In some cases, the less common types of yeast infections may respond better to vaginal treatment or to Reference boric acid suppositories.Reference 2) Oral medicines do not provide immediate relief of symptoms, so vaginal medicines may also be needed in the first 48 hours of treatment.
Recurring infections (four or more in 1 year)
If you have recurring yeast infections, you may want to ask your doctor about taking antifungal medicines as maintenance or suppressive treatment. This means taking the medicine weekly or monthly for 6 months to 1 year. This long-term use of antifungal medicine is likely to reduce the recurrence of vaginal yeast infections.Reference 3 But after women stop taking the medicines, 30 to 40 out of 100 of them get another vaginal infection that has symptoms.Reference 2
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology