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Nonoxynol 9


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    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Conceptrol® [OTC];Delfen® [OTC];Encare® [OTC];Gynol II® Extra Strength [OTC];Gynol II® [OTC];Today® [OTC];VCF® [OTC]
    • Pharmacologic Category: Contraceptive;Spermicide

    • This medicine is used to prevent pregnancy.
    • Nonoxynol 9 injures sperm causing their death.


    How to take

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

    Missed Dose

    • This medicine is used on an as needed basis.


    • Store at room temperature.



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


    • 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.


    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • To protect against sexually-transmitted diseases, use a latex condom.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.
    • For females, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.


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

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Severe dizziness or passing out.
    • Severe muscle pain or weakness.
    • Severe skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    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.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • 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.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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