Can I use vaginal anti-fungal medicine for a yeast infection?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Yes! A yeast infection is actually a fungal infection caused by candida and an antifungal drug is a great way to stop a yeast infection in its tracks. Some examples of vaginal antifungal medicines that you could try include miconazole, clotrimazole, or butoconazole. Miconazole is available over-the-counter as a vaginal cream or suppository that you insert in the vagina. Clotrimazole is another over-the-counter drug you can get as a vaginal cream or as tablets. If you haven’t used it before, talk with your doc before starting this medicine. Butoconazole is another example of a nonprescription vaginal cream that you may find helpful.


If you are trying to decide which antifungal medicine is best for you, make sure to talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

You can often treat a vaginal yeast infection on your own with vaginal anti-fungal medication. If you rarely get yeast infections and your symptoms are mild, it is usually okay to treat your yeast infection symptoms at home with over-the-counter vaginal anti-fungal creams or suppositories.  If you suffer repeated yeast infections, you should call your doctor. Your doctor can give you a prescription for a vaginal anti-fungal pill. Call your doctor if you are unsure how to treat a yeast infection.

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