What is Boric Acid?
Boric acid is an antifungal natural ingredient that helps balance and restore healthy pH of the vagina. It is used for treating vaginal yeast infections and relieving symptoms including burning and itching. Boric acid also has some other uses. For questions, make sure to talk to a pharmacist or a healthcare professional.
What information do I need to provide my healthcare provider before being using Boric Acid Suppositories?
You should inform your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- Frequent infections
- Weak immunity
- History of allergic reaction to boric acid, other drugs, dyes, or fruit
- Pregnancy or lactation
How do I use Boric Acid Suppositories?
Follow the following instructions when using boric acid:
- Boric acid suppositories are supposed to be used in the vagina, and never taken orally.
- Read and follow the instructions given on the label; do not use more than directed.
- Always wash your hands before and after using this medication.
- Unless advised otherwise by a doctor, boric acid should be used at bedtime.
- Do not ever let children use these.
- If you think you may have overused, call poison control or go to the emergency room immediately.
- Do not share your boric acid suppositories with other people.
What should I do if I miss a day of use?
If you have missed a day, do not use a double dose. Just simply start the routine again.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
There are no expected drug interactions. However, consult your healthcare provider before using any vaginal product simultaneously. Let your doctor know about all herbs, medications, supplements, and non-prescription drugs that you are using. Since certain chemicals can possibly react with this medication, inform your doctor about the use of cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
Are there any symptoms I need to watch out for while using Boric Acid Suppositories?
If you experience any unpleasant symptoms that fail to resolve within a few days, talk to your doctor. It is advised to abstain from sex during treatment as boric acid may damage diaphragms and condoms and impair their function. The effect of vaginal spermicides can also be reduced with boric acid. When using these suppositories, these methods of birth control and STI prevention are not reliable.
Boric acid vaginal suppositories can come out of the vagina so using a panty liner during treatment is a good idea. Using tampons is not recommended. It is advisable to wear clean cotton underwear instead of synthetic underwear to clear the infection.
What are the possible side effects of Boric Acid?
The side effects that you need to discuss with your physician immediately are:
- Vaginal redness, burning, and irritation
- Allergic reactions such as hives, itching, and rashes
Vaginal discharge is a side effect that generally resolves on its own and does not require medical attention unless persistent or bothersome.
This is not an exhaustive list of possible side effects. You should always talk about adverse reactions with your doctor. You can also report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should my Boric Acid Suppositories be stored?
Keep boric acid out of reach of pets and children. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight at a temperature between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. Discard any expired medication.
Note: This does not cover all information about Boric acid. It is only a summary. Consult your pharmacist, healthcare provider, or doctor for any questions you have about using Boric Acid suppositories.