Candid V Gel
By GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS
30g Vaginal Gel in Tube
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Candid-V gel contains Clotrimazole, an antifungal medicine. Candid-V gel is used to manage fungal infections of the vagina. It reduces vaginal burning, itching and discharge caused due to fungal infection. Clotrimazole binds to the fungal cell membrane and inhibits its growth by altering the permeability of the cell membrane. The side effects associated with this medicine are vaginal itching, pain, burning, rashes on the outer skin of the vagina, vaginal discharge etc.
Uses of Candid V Gel
Candid-V gel is used to manage yeast infections of the vagina (vaginal thrush). Vaginal thrush is an infection caused by candida, a fungus. Candida is present on skin and vagina normally too. However, when vaginal pH is disturbed due to certain factors like pregnancy, soaps, ill- health, antibiotics, then candida start growing in excess. It leads to whitish discharge, itching, redness, swelling around the vagina. It reduces vaginal burning, itching and discharge caused due to infection.
Contraindications of Candid V Gel
- If you are allergic to clotrimazole or any ingredients of this medicine
- Do not use during your periods
Side effects of Candid V Gel
- Application site reactions such as vaginal itching, pain and burning, rashes, peeling or bleeding and occasionally pain in the belly or pelvic area
Precautions and Warnings of Candid V Gel
Can I apply Candid-V gel during pregnancy?
There may be some increase in vaginal discharge and it's consistency during pregnancy. Not all white discharges are yeast infection. It is important not to use any medicine in pregnancy unless prescribed by your doctor. This gel can be used if prescribed by your doctor. Ensure you dont use applicator when pregnant.
Can I apply Candid-V gel while breastfeeding?
Candid-V gel is considered safe for a breastfeeding mother. Use Candid-V gel under the supervision of a doctor.
Can I drive if I have applied Candid-V gel?
Yes, you can drive if you don't experience any side effects with this gel.
Can I consume alcohol with Candid-V gel?
Candid-V gel is for vaginal use only. No interactions with alcohol have been reported to date.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- If you are experiencing allergy-like redness, burning, swelling on using this product
- This gel can reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives like condoms or diaphragms and can lead to contraceptive failure and unwanted pregnancy. To avoid this, use another method of contraception for at least 5 days after stopping treatment with Candid v gelread less
- Do not use tampons, douches, spermicides, condoms and diaphragms
- Avoid vaginal intercourse when you are using Candid-v gel
- If you have diabetes, chances of vaginal infections increases
- If you frequently have vaginal yeast infection avoid intercourse as that can infect your partner too
Mode of Action of Candid V Gel
How Does It Work?
Clotrimazole acts against fungi causing vaginal infection. It binds to the fungal cell membrane and inhibits its growth by altering the permeability of the cell membrane. It results in the death of a fungal cell.
Directions for Use of Candid V Gel
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor, follow the package instructions
- Lie on your back with your knees flexed
- Fill the applicator with the cream and insert it into the vagina as far as it comfortably goes
- Press the plunger of the applicator slowly to apply the cream
- Candid-V gel is meant for vaginal use only
- Do not use it unless you are diagnosed with vaginal candidiasis
- Wash your hands before and after using this medicine unless your hands are the area to be treated
- In case your eyes come in contact with this medicine rinse your eyes with clean water immediately
Interactions of Candid V Gel
Interactions with other medicines
- Candid-V gel as applied locally in the vagina is less likely to interact with other medicines
- Please tell your doctor if you are using any other medicines, over-the-counter medicines (that you buy without a prescription) and herbal preparations
- While using this medicine, do not stop, start or change the dosage of your medicines without consulting your doctor
- Medicines like Methotrexate and Cyclosporin used to modify immune response, steroid medicines such as prednisolone and some antibiotics may increase the risk of recurrent vaginal yeast infection taken along. If you are on any of these, inform your doctorread less
Storage and disposal of Candid V Gel
- Candid-V gel should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and moisture
- Keep out of the reach of children and pets
- Discard Candid-V gel when it is no longer needed or expired
Dosage of Candid V Gel
As Candid-V gel is meant for vaginal application, cases of overdose are unlikely. However, upon accidental ingestion contact your doctor immediately or visit the nearest hospital. If you have applied extra quantities of it wipe the out the excess of the medicine with tissue or cotton.
Missed a Dose
If you have missed applying this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. Do not over apply this medicine to compensate for the missed dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can I use Candid-V gel during periods?
A: Yes, Candid-V gel can be used during periods but it may be less effective. Avoid using during periods.
Q: How can I prevent vaginal infection?
- Wear clean cotton underwear
- Maintain good hygiene after using toilets
- Avoid washing your private parts with scented soaps and oils
- Change sanitary pads regularly during periods
- Avoid rubbing your private parts hard with sponges or flannels
Q: Can I spread this infection to my spouse?
A: Yes, patient's spouse may also develop candida infection due to intercourse. You are advised to refrain from having intercourse when being treated for candidiasis
Q: Can vaginal infection cause severe itching?
A: Yes, itching is common but do not scratch the skin outside the vagina. Scratching can cause more irritation and spread the infection.
Q: Can I self medicate with Candid-V Gel?
A: Do not use this gel if you never had a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor. Some amount of white vaginal discharge is normal.
Q: How to use Candid-V Gel?
- Lie down in a comfortable place while applying the cream. Your bed can be an ideal option, though you may want to use a towel underneath you to prevent any cream from spilling on your linens
- Wash your hands with soap and water
- Open the tube
- The nozzle of the applicator should be screwed onto the tube until it is secure but not overly tight
- Squeeze the tube from the bottom to push a sufficient amount of cream into the applicator barrel. Make sure it is enough to reach the prescribed dose. Most applicators provide markings to indicate where you should stopread less
- Unscrew the applicator from the tube
- Lie on your back with your knees drawn toward you. Gently insert the applicator deep into your vagina. Press the plunger downward until it reaches its original position
- Clean your hands after applying the cream
- Wash reusable applicators with mild soap and warm water and wipe it dry. You can assemble it to store away once it is dry, such as in the morning if you are using it before bedtime
- Never boil your reusable applicator or use extremely hot water, as this can cause the plastic to melt or deteriorate
Q: What is the main cause of yeast infection?
- Candida albicans is the fungus which is liable for most of the vaginal yeast infections
- Vagina has a balanced mix of yeast, including candida and bacteria
- Lactobacillus prevents overgrowth of yeast
Q: What are the factors which can increase the risk of fungal infection of a vagina?
- Women who consume antibiotics too often, people with diseases like diabetes, HIV can lead to recurrent vaginal infections
- Women wearing tight undergarments, washing the vagina with harsh soaps, birth control pills and steroids can also lead to vaginal infections
Q: What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?
- The typical symptoms of a vaginal fungal infection are itching, burning sensation, pain and white discharge from the vagina
- Vaginal membranes become red, rashed, swollen and have a whitish coating
- The symptoms may get worse a few days before your period starts and pain during intercourse
Q: What food can I eat if I have a vaginal yeast infection?
- Foods like green vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, salad, almonds, walnuts, herbal tea, green juice and unsweetened coconut water
- Take probiotics and vitamin supplements, avoid stress and get enough sleep to boost your immune system
Q: How will I get to know if fungal infection of vagina is healing?
- Discharge with normal consistency and smell
- The itching will be reduced which reduces the discomfort
- Any rash, swelling or redness should stop
Q: Do menstrual blood cause a vaginal yeast infection?
- High levels of estrogen cause Candida fungi to overgrow
- Because of this, it's common to get a yeast infection around the time of your period
- Yeast infections around the same time of the cycle every month is called cyclic vulvovaginitis
Q: What causes frequent vaginal infection or candida infection?
A: Certain antibiotics, diabetes, a week immune system, and changes in your hormone levels can lead to yeast infections. Also, too tight innerwear leading to poor ventilation can cause recurrent infections. The vaginal area should be kept dry. After using the washroom, always wipe yourself.
Q: Can having intercourse cause candida infection?
A: It is essential to wash and dry yourself up before intercourse. Your risk for infection increases if your partner has a penile yeast infection. Also, it is best to practise to wash completely after intercourse.
Q: How to maintain vaginal hygiene?
- Wear dry and clean undergarments
- Clean the area after passing urine using a toilet paper or soft cloth to keep the area dry
- Change sanitary pads every 4-6 hours during periods and clean the area it before changing
- Clean the vagina after intercourse
- Avoid using soap and perfumed body washes to clean vagina
- Avoid using scented feminine hygiene products such as wipes
- Practice safe sex as unprotected sex carries the risk of sexually transmitted diseases
- Avoid wearing tight clothes which can lead to irritation and sweating and growth of microorganisms
- Avoid using hair removing creams or other chemicals to remove pubic hair
Last Updated on: 15 Aug 2020 | 08:59 AM (IST)
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