All you need to know about Klovinal (vaginal pessary)

Klovinal is a combination of clotrimazole, metronidazole (flagyl) and lactobacillus spores used for the treatment of vaginal infections-both fungal and bacteria such as vulvovaginal candidiasis (yeast infection), bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. Klovinal is a pessary that treats the causes of vaginitis and restore the vaginal acidic balance (vaginal ecosystem) or normal flora. It is very against recurrent vaginal infections.

When the vagina is associated with itching, redness, and discharge either profuse, coloured, or malodourous- it is a sign of infection.

The metronidazole (flagyl) is an antibiotic effective against bacteria and protozoa. It is bactericidal.It is effective against anaerobic organisms and diseases caused by protozoa such as trichomoniasis. It works by killing the bacteria or protozoan and preventinh their growth.

The clotrimazole is a broad spectrum antifungal effective against diseases caused by fungi such as candidiasis or yeast infection. It works by killing the fungal and preventing its growth.

Other common drugs used to treat vaginal infections like candidiasis, vaginosis and trichomoniasis are mycoten, sabreten, canesten and candid V6. They are not broad spectrum as they contain only clotrimazole meaning these drugs only treat infections caused by fungi. Clotrimazole is not active against infections caused by bacteria or protozoan.

The cost/price of klovinal is around #4,000 naira per packet. Each packet contains 6 tablets.

One (1) Klovinal pessary should be inserted into the vaginal as deeply as possible once daily with your fingers or an applicator. It should be used for six (6) days preferably on retiring to bed at night.

Do not use tampons, douches, vaginal wash, feminine wash, yoni pearls, baking soda, apple cedar vinegar,  spermicides or other vaginal products while using this medication.

Continue to use this medication everyday for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappears after a few days, or if your menstrual period starts. Stopping klovinal too soon may allow the infection to return and this time worse and harder to treat.

If you are pregnant, please see your doctor before using klovinal. Klovinal is not safe in pregnancy because it can cause congenital birth defects.

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