Medicines for thrush are antifungal medicines. In Aotearoa New Zealand they are available as:
- creams to apply onto the affected area (on the vagina, inside of the vagina or on the penis)
- pessaries that are inserted into the vagina
- capsules that are taken by mouth.
They are available on prescription and some can be bought from your pharmacy without a prescription, after discussion with your pharmacist. Once treatment has started, thrush should clear up within a week.
If you want to get a product from a pharmacy, your pharmacist will ask you a few questions regarding your symptoms to make sure you get the right product. They will then recommend a suitable product, or may refer you to your doctor. Read more about vaginal thrush and thrush in men. Find a pharmacy near you.(external link)