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Nonoxynol 9
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Nonoxynol 9 Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(non OKS i nole nine)

U.S. Brand Names

Advantage-S® [OTC]; Conceptrol® [OTC]; Delfen® [OTC]; Encare® [OTC]; Gynol II® Extra Strength [OTC] ; Gynol II® [OTC]; Today® [OTC]; VCF™ [OTC]

Pharmacologic Category

Contraceptive; Spermicide

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not protect against sexually-transmitted diseases.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to nonoxynol 9 or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you or your partner has HIV infection.

• Today® Sponge: If you have any of the following conditions: Given birth or had an abortion less than 6 weeks ago, menstruating, sulfite allergy, or toxic shock syndrome.

How does it work?

• Nonoxynol 9 injures sperm causing their death.

How is it best taken?

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is used on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

• Read the package insert for more details.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:04:21.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:18:19.0

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