WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs used in Bacterial Infections
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View the documentGonorrhoea
View the documentLymphogranuloma venereum
View the documentOther chlamydial infections
View the documentVaginitis
View the documentPelvic inflammatory disease
View the documentSyphilis
View the documentChancroid
View the documentGranuloma inguinale
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Open this folder and view contentsSepticaemia
Open this folder and view contentsDrugs (for details of contraindications, etc., see individual drug entries)
 

Vaginitis

Vaginal discharge may be caused by candidiasis (due to Candida albicans), trichomoniasis (due to Trichomonas vaginalis) or bacterial vaginosis (due to Gardnerella vaginalis and vaginal anaerobes).

Treatment

Candidiasis

Nystatin pessaries 200 000 IU inserted high into the vagina nightly for 2 weeks (in some geographical areas, nightly doses as high as 1 million IU may be required).

Administration should be continued for 48 hours after clinical cure. Higher doses and a longer period of treatment may be required in immunocompromised patients.

Trichomoniasis

Metronidazole 2g orally in a single dose (sexual partners should be treated simultaneously; contraindicated during pregnancy).

Bacterial vaginosis

Metronidazole 400 - 500 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 days (contraindicated during pregnancy).

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