|Over-the-Counter Treatment: $7-$20||Prescription Treatment: $5-$45+|
A yeast infection is caused by overgrowth of the yeast that typically exists in the vagina. Symptoms can include itching, burning and redness. A yeast infection usually can be treated easily, typically with over-the-counter medication.
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- For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for yeast infection treatment typically consist of the entire cost of an over-the-counter medication or a prescription drug copay of about $10-$45, depending on whether the drug is generic, preferred or non-preferred. Prescription yeast infection treatment typically is covered by health insurance.
- For patients not covered by health insurance, yeast infection treatment typically costs $7-$20 for an over-the-counter antifungal cream or suppository. Or, it costs less than $5 to more than $30 for a one-dose prescription antifungal pill.
- For example, CVS.com charges about $7-$9 for generic one-, three- or seven-day creams, and charges about $14 for Monistat 7 , which requires treatment for seven days, about $17 for Monistat 3 , which requires treatment for three days and about $20 for Monistat 1 , a one-dose treatment. Walmart sells the generic antifungal pill fluconazole , often prescribed as a single-dose treatment, for $4 under its generic prescription program. Drugstore.com charges about $33 for a single dose of the brand-name equivalent, Diflucan.
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- Vaginal yeast infections typically can be diagnosed without a laboratory test, according to eMedicinehealth.com . Women who have had yeast infections before and recognize symptoms typically can buy over-the-counter treatment without seeing a doctor.
- Vaginal yeast infections typically are treated with topical antifungal medication such as miconazole (used in some Monistat products), tioconazole (used in Monistat-1 and Vagistat-1), or terconazole (used in Terazol-3 and Terazol-7), usually in the form of creams or suppositories that are inserted into the vagina daily for one, three or seven days, depending on the product. A doctor will sometimes prescribe an oral antifungal medication such as fluconazole (brand name Diflucan), typically as a single dose. However, in cases of unusually stubborn or recurring yeast infections, up to several months of oral medication might be needed.
- WebMD Women's Health offers an overview of yeast infections and treatment .
- Loose-fitting cotton underwear is recommended during treatment and to help prevent future infections.
Shopping for vaginal yeast infection treatment:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator for clinics with sliding fee scales based on income.
- If a prescription antifungal is needed, any patient without prescription drug coverage who also is not eligible for Medicare typically qualifies for Together Rx Access , a discount card that offers 25-40% off many brand-name drugs.
- Some manufacturers of over-the-counter treatment offer coupons. For example, Monistat has printable coupons for $2 or $3 off.
- A family doctor or gynecologist can diagnose and prescribe treatment for a vaginal yeast infection. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers a gynecologist locator , and Planned Parenthood offers a health center locator .
- Over-the-counter yeast infection treatment can be purchased at a drug store such as Walgreens or CVS. AskaPatient.com offers patient reviews of yeast infection treatments.
| Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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