Nonoxynol 9

Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Options Conceptrol [OTC]; Options Gynol II Contraceptive [OTC]; Shur-Seal Contraceptive [OTC]; Today Sponge [OTC]; VCF Vaginal Contraceptive [OTC]

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to prevent pregnancy.

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

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to nonoxynol 9 or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you or your partner has HIV infection.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant.

Sponge:

  • If you have given birth less than 6 weeks ago.
  • If you have ever had toxic shock syndrome.
  • If you are on your period.
  • If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with your doctor.
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.
  • This drug does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

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:

All products:

  • 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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Vaginal irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Bad-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • If your sex partner has irritation of the penis, trouble passing urine, or pain when passing urine.

Sponge:

  • Belly pain.
  • Chills.
  • Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has happened with this drug. TSS is rare, but can be very bad and sometimes deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you have diarrhea, dizziness or light-headedness, passing out, fever, muscle pain, upset stomach, throwing up, or a sunburn-like rash.

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 you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
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.

How is this drug best taken?

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

All products:

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not take this drug by mouth. For vaginal use only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Put in before you have sex as you have been told.
  • If you want to douche, wait at least 6 hours after last intercourse.

Sponge:

  • Do not leave in longer than you have been told.
  • Do not reuse the same sponge.
  • Remove the sponge before douching.

Film:

  • Be sure your hands are dry before you touch this drug.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • This drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

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

All products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Foam:

  • Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.

Suppository:

  • Protect from heat.

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.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2015-10-09

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