Information specific to: Gygel.

About Gygel and how it works

This medicine is a type of contraceptive which is used by females in combination with barrier methods of contraception such as diaphragms or caps. The main ingredient nonoxinol-9 is a spermicide and works by killing sperm.

This medicine is available as a gel which is for vaginal use only. You should use the applicator to insert the gel.

This medicine is not effective when used on its own and must be used with a diaphragm or cap. This medicine should not be used with a condom as it does not provide any additional protection against pregnancy.

This medicine does not protect against HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections or sexually transmitted diseases and to protect against these diseases, you must use a latex condom. For more information speak to your prescriber or family planning clinic.

Stop using this medicine if you get an irritation in the vagina or penis. Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 48 hours, or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Gygel

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before having this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • you have no sensation in your vagina
  • you have paralysis of the lower half of the body or complete paralysis of the body
  • you are at risk of HIV infections or sexually transmitted diseases

Medicines interactions

If you are taking or using more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before using this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following preparations may interact with this medicine:

  • petroleum jelly or vaseline
  • mineral oils such as baby oil
  • oil based vaginal or rectal preparations

Possible side effects of Gygel

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people having this medicine:

  • epithelial damage - if this happens, it may increase the risk of HIV infections
  • hypersensitivity or application site reactions such as:
    • pain
    • irritation - stop using this medicine if it causes irritation to your vagina or your partner’s penis
    • discomfort
    • burning sensation
    • itching
    • dryness
    • rash
    • redness of the vulva, vagina or penis

If you experience other side effects or have any other worrying symptoms while you are having this medicine, seek medical advice.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not use this medicine if you are trying to become pregnant or are pregnant. For information about using this medicine while breast-feeding seek medical advice.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should apply and if there is anything that you need to do if you apply more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

It is important you discuss contraception with your prescriber or family planning clinic before using this medicine.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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