As a woman, there are times when you will have bouts with infections; one of the effective medications to deal with it is Klovinal, even though they may not be sexually transmitted.Klovinal is a pessary that is inserted into the vagina to combat bacterial, fungal, and protozoan pathogens, consequently restoring a state of normalcy in the vagina.
Klovinal is a medication used to treat infection that have a combination of causative agents in the vagina. It is commonly used for treating pelvic inflammatory diseases (PID), bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection – otherwise called candidiasis – and trichomoniasis. It is mostly used when the infections reoccur, that is, they have been treated before, but they keep coming back.
The effectiveness of klovinal for treating these vaginal infections is as a result of the combination of active ingredients that effectively address the pathogens that may be responsible for the infection. It contains a combination of metronidazole – commonly known as flagyl, clotrimazole – an antifungal, and lactobacillus spores.
This article will help you understand how the pessary, Klovinal, works and its effectiveness in treating vaginal infections. You will also get to know the average price of klovinal in Nigeria, how to use it, and when to use it. Also, we will answer some question that may be burning in your mind about Klovinal.
What is Klovinal?
Klovinal is pessary medication that contains clotrimazole, metronidazole, and lactobacillus spores. It is used to treat recurring vaginal infection by tackling the three possible causative agents – bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Klovinal is a medication that treats vaginal infections of different pathogens and is usually available through prescription. However, it is advisable that you consult your doctor before you use this medication.
The individual medications contained in Klovinal work against the spread of different pathogens in the vagina. Therefore, they help to address different symptoms of vaginal infection by discouraging the further growth of the pathogens and killing the already existing ones.
Clotrimazole is an antifungal vaginal medication, used to treat fungal infections, such as candidiasis (yeast infection). Metronidazole is a broad spectrum antibacterial that is used to treat bacterial infections that affect the stomach, heart, lungs, liver, joints, bloodstream, or vagina. For the purpose of this article, it is effective in treating bacterial vaginosis. Lactobacillus is a probiotic – a good bacteria – that is used to reduce the population of bad bacteria in the body. It is commonly used to improve the gut health and treat diarrhea. It is effective in stopping recurring bacterial infection.
How Does Klovinal Work?
Klovinal works by combining the individual effectiveness of its constituents to stop the growth of pathogens causing vaginal infection symptoms, such as foul smell from the vagina, offensive and off-color vagina discharge, vagina itching and burning, and many more.
Lactobacillus spores get into the vagina when the protective coat of the klovinal medication dissolves and its presence, and growth begins to cause a decline in the population and growth of the harmful bacteria in the vagina.
Clotrimazole when in contact with fungal cells, cause holes to develop on them and leak their content. The cells die, and the drug make the leaked content unable to develop into new cells, consequently causing the infection to die off.
Side Effects of Klovinal
Like every other medication, Klovinal has its side effects. It is, therefore, necessary that you inform your doctor before you use Klovinal. Some of its side effects, although seldom reported, include:
- Lower abdominal cramp
- Stinging sensation in the vagina
- Nausea and vomiting
Who Should Use or Avoid Klovinal?
Klovinal is a medication suitable for people with recurring vaginal infection. It is only available on prescription; therefore, a diagnosis and consultation with a doctor before use is important. Although there are concerns about its suitability for use in pregnant and breastfeeding women, it is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.
However, medication, such as lithium – for treating some mental health issues, disulfiram, warfarin, ciclosporin, and alcohol, should be totally avoided during the period you will use Klovinal, to avoid interaction.
Also, if you are experiencing vaginal infection of any kind for the first time, avoid the use of klovinal as there may be medication that will safely treat your condition.
How to Use Klovinal?
Klovinal is a pessary, that is, it is to be inserted into the vagina. On no account should klovinal be used orally. To get the effect of Klovinal, it needs to dissolve in the vagina and dispel its content into it. However, if you have vagina dryness, there is a possibility the pessary may fall out. Therefore, you may have to insert it as deep into the vagina as possible.
Klovinal comes with an applicator. Insert the pessary into your vagina following these steps:
- Wash your hands
- Retrieve the applicator form the pack
- Pull at the thinner end of the applicator – the plunger – as far as possible
- Retrieve the pessary from the pack
- Squeeze the wider end of the applicator and drop the pessary into the opening of the applicator as instructed on the pack instruction guide
- Lie on your back and bring your knees to a bend to expose your vagina. You can choose to let your knees fall sideways.
- Insert the applicator with the plunger part of it outside.
- Push the plunger in slowly until it stops moving.
- You can now remove the applicator and dispose it away from children’s reach.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
Price of Klovinal
Klovinal costs about 1,500 naira in pharmacies and online stores across Nigeria. However, in other countries, such as Ghana, you can get the pessary for about 10 cedis.
Klovinal is a medication that combines the strength of two other medications – clotrimazole and metronidazole – and a probiotic – lactobacillus – to fight vaginal infections caused by fungi and bacteria. It is a pessary, that is, a medication that is used by inserting it into the vagina.
It is a suitable medication for recurring vaginal infection and is suitable for use in pregnant and lactating women.
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