PDR Health


Generic name: Terconazole

What is Terazol?

Terazol is a prescription medication used to treat fungal infections of the skin. Terazol belongs to a group of drugs called antifungals.


Health Benefits

Terazol is used to treat fungal infections of the skin. These infections can include athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Terazol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Terazol include:

itching, burning, or stinging of the treated skin

redness, swelling, or irritation of the treated skin



rare side effects may include:

severe burning, stinging, or irritation of the skin




Talk to your doctor about all side effects. You should report any serious side effects to your doctor.


Terazol comes in cream, gel, and lotion form. It is applied to the skin two to three times daily for two weeks. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Wash your hands before and after applying Terazol topical. Apply the medicine to dry, clean skin. Apply enough medicine to cover the affected area and all of the skin around it.

Do not apply Terazol topical to broken skin or open wounds. If you are using the vaginal cream, do not use tampons or douches during treatment unless directed by your doctor. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by your body and could be harmful.

Avoid getting this medicine in your mouth, nose, or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water.

To use the Terazol vaginal cream:

Apply the cream into the vagina using the applicator as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at bedtime for 3 days in a row. You may need to use a second 3-day treatment course if your symptoms do not improve.

If you are using the Terazol vaginal ovules:

Insert 1 ovule into the vagina as far up as possible using the applicator provided, usually once daily at bedtime for 7 consecutive days.

After inserting the ovule, throw away the applicator.

To use the Terazol vaginal cream or ovules:

You will need to have a pelvic exam before each treatment.

Apply or insert the medicine just before bedtime.

Remove the applicator from the vagina after you have applied or inserted the medicine.

Wash your hands immediately after using Terazol topical, unless your hands are part of the treated area.

Do not have sexual intercourse while you are using this medicine. Terazol vaginal cream and ovules can weaken condoms or vaginal diaphragms, increasing your risk of getting pregnant or spreading a sexually transmitted infection. Wait until you have completed all doses of this medicine before having sex again.

Drug Interactions

Terazol may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Mechanism of Action

Terazol works by killing the fungus or yeast that is causing the infection.


Terazol is absorbed through the skin and vaginal mucosa. Maximum concentrations are reached within 2 hours after application. Terazol is rapidly eliminated from the body with a half-life of 1.5 hours.

Drugs alternatives to Terazol:

Griseofulvin (Gris-PEG)

Itraconazole (Sporanox)

Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

Miconazole (Monistat)