Review: Fluomizin (dequalinium chloride)

Fluomizin is a vaginal treatment for any kind of infection, containing dequalinium chloride. Most packages contain six tablets of 10mg dequalinium chloride for vaginal use only. Dequalinium chloride is an effective vaginal antimicrobial – learn about using dequalinium chloride for vaginal infections.

Fluomizin is owned and marketed by a pharmaceutical company called Kora Healthcare, based in Ireland. The product tends to only be available in the European Union, but is available via online retailers.

     How to use Fluomizin vaginally

  1. Insert one tablet each night before bed for six days, unless otherwise directed by a healthcare practitioner (or My Vagina naturopaths!).
  2. Use a clean finger to insert tablet as far into your vagina as you can.
  3. Do the full treatment even if your symptoms go away in the middle.
  4. If you have a dry vagina, the tablets may not disintegrate properly, and may come out whole – this means your treatment has not worked, so you can moisten the tablet with some water before insertion to make up for dryness.
  5. Expect to the tablet to eventually come out of your vagina into your underwear – wear a panty liner if you want to. It does not stain.
  6. Do not use Fluomizin with douches, spermicides or other vaginal products.
  7. Avoid unprotected sex when using Fluomizin. Latex condoms are safe to use with the product, but non-latex condoms and diaphragms may have reduced efficacy, so wait at least 12 hours after application.
  8. If you miss a dose, don’t double dose – just keep going. If you miss more than one treatment, you may need to order some more product and start again.
  9. If the Fluomizin is not breaking up properly in your vagina due to dryness, dip it in water before you insert it. It needs a bit of moisture.

     Fluomizin safety during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding

  1. Avoid Fluomizin within 12 hours before giving birth to minimise exposure to a newborn.
  2. Don’t use Fluomizin during heavy menstrual bleeding.
  3. Fluomizin is believed to be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

     Who should not use Fluomizin

  • Anyone with cervical or vaginal ulcers
  • Anyone sensitive or allergic to dequalinium chloride
  • Prepubescent girls
  • Anyone advised not to by their practitioner

     Possible side-effects of Fluomizin

  • Mild, short-lived itching, burning or discharge
  • May be worse at the start of treatment
  • Keep going with treatment but check with your healthcare practitioner for advice on usual symptoms
  • Very rare – bleeding, headache, nausea

     Ingredients of Fluomizin

  • 10mg dequalinium chloride
  • Lactose monohydrate
  • Cellulose
  • Microcrystalline
  • Magnesium stearate

     Where to buy Fluomizin

Currently Fluomizin is freely available in European countries (and the UK) and online, however postage to anywhere else in the world is costly due to laws regarding medicines being posted and tracking. Look online for the best price including shipping – there are many suppliers, as it is freely available in Europe. Search for European pharmacies online, often with a German or UK domain name.

If you are tight on cash, but have a friend in Europe who could do you a favour, it’s a good idea to ask them to pick you up a packet or two, and post them via normal post for a few dollars. The product itself is not expensive.

A Canadian company, Duchesnay, has bought the rights to sell Fluomizin locally in North America, but these applications can take some time, being submitted in late 2016. Australians, New Zealanders and Asians face exorbitant shipping costs. Over time, more countries will get distribution rights to this product, so watch this space.