Dequalinium

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This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.

Brand Names: Canada

Vablys

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat vaginal infections. If this drug has been given for some other reason, talk with the doctor for more information.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any ulcers in the vagina or other nearby areas.
  • If you have not started your period.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not have sex while using this drug.
  • Do not use condoms; diaphragms; menstrual cups; vaginal douches, soaps, or spermicides; tampons; or other vaginal products while you are using this drug. This drug may not work as well. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
  • If you are trying to get pregnant, do not use this drug within 48 hours before having sex.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
  • If you are pregnant and in labor, do not use this drug 12 hours before giving birth. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Vaginal pain or swelling.
  • Vaginal bleeding.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Vaginal irritation.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to your national health agency.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For vaginal use only.
  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Use at bedtime.
  • Wash your hands before use.
  • If needed, you may use the applicator that comes with this drug to put it in.
  • Wash your hands and applicator after use.
  • If needed, you may wet the tablet before putting in.
  • Do not use this drug during your menstrual period. Start using this drug 6 days before your menstrual period starts. You may also wait until your menstrual period stops to start using this drug. If your menstrual period starts while you are using this drug, stop using it. Start this drug again after your menstrual period has stopped. If you are not sure how to take this drug, talk with your doctor.
  • Parts of the tablet may not dissolve all the way. You may see parts of the tablet in the underwear. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Use a sanitary napkin or panty liner while using this drug.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use the missed dose the next day and go on with your treatment as normal. Keep using as your doctor has told you until all of the tablets are gone.
  • Do not use more than 1 time a day.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

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Last Reviewed Date

2022-09-26

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