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Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6: Usage and Side Effects

Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a practicing doctor in Sri Lanka. He holds a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry.

Difference between candid v3, v6 and v1

Difference between candid v3, v6 and v1

What Are Candid-V1, -V3, and V-6?

Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6 are anti-fungal vaginal preparations used to treat vaginal candidiasis, commonly known as a yeast infection.

The numbers in the name of the medicine indicate how many days it needs to be applied, so Candid-V1 is used for one day, Candid-V3 is used for three days, and Candid V-6 is used for six days.

Clotrimazole is the principal anti-fungal ingredient in the Candid-V series.

What Are the Differences Between Them?

The V1 tablet contains 500mg of Clotrimazole. Each V3 tablet contains 200mg, with the entire series consisting of 600mg. Each V6 tablet contains 100mg, with the entire series consisting of 600mg like the V3 series. Each tablet in the V3 and V6 preparations should be inserted on consecutive nights.

Generally, mild to moderate yeast infections can be treated with a V1 preparation, as it is easier to use. The other preparations can be used in other less clear-cut vaginal conditions, such as vaginal bacterial vaginitis.

What Is a Yeast Infection?

A healthy vagina has many bacteria and a small number of yeast cells. The most common bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, helps keep other organisms—like yeast—under control.

When something happens to change the balance of these organisms, yeast can grow too much and cause a yeast infection. Usually, the culprit is a type of yeast called Candida albicans. Taking antibiotics sometimes causes this imbalance. The high estrogen levels caused by pregnancy or hormone therapy can also cause it, as can certain health problems like diabetes or HIV infection.

These infections are very common. Although they can bother you a lot, they are not usually serious, and the treatment is simple.

A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.

These symptoms are also more likely to occur during the week before your menstrual period.

Should You Treat Your Symptoms?

It's easy to incorrectly self-diagnose a vaginal infection. Two-thirds of women who buy over-the-counter anti-yeast infection products actually have a different type of infection.

See your doctor if you aren't sure what you have or if this is the first time you have had these symptoms. Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, don't use medicine for a yeast infection without talking to your doctor first.

If you have had a yeast infection before and can recognize the symptoms, and you aren't pregnant, you can treat yourself at home with medicines you can buy without a prescription, such as one of the Candid-V series.

If your symptoms are mild, you may want to wait to see if they clear up on their own.

Candid vaginal tablet applicator

Candid vaginal tablet applicator

How to Use Them

This medication comes with a tablet and an applicator.

To use the vaginal tablets, read the instructions provided with the medication and follow these steps:

  1. Unwrap a tablet, wet it with lukewarm water, and place it on the applicator as shown in the instructions that come with the product.
  2. Lie on your back with your knees drawn upward and spread apart.
  3. Insert the applicator high into your vagina (unless you are pregnant), and then push the plunger to release the medication. If you are pregnant, insert the applicator gently. If you feel resistance (hard to insert), do not try to insert it further; call your doctor.
  4. Withdraw the applicator.
  5. Discard the applicator if it is disposable. If the applicator is reusable, pull it apart and clean it with soap and warm water after each use.
  6. Wash your hands promptly to avoid spreading the infection.

The tablet should be inserted as deep as possible in the vagina, preferably at bedtime to prevent it from leaking out should you stand up. Do not use the medication when menstruating. Also, avoid having sex while using the medication.

For better response, this medication should be taken with local antifungal cream that is applied on the outer vagina (e.g. candid cream). In addition, applying local antifungal medication such as candid cream on the penis of the sexual partner will prevent reinfection and ensure long-lasting response.

Use the vaginal cream or tablets as directed on the package. If your symptoms do not improve within three or seven days, call your doctor. If your symptoms return in less than two months, also call your doctor.

Continue to use the tablets until they are all gone, even if you feel well.

Note: This medication should not be used by virgins in countries where it is important to maintain integrity of the hymen. For them, severe vaginal candidiasis can be treated with prescription oral anti-fungal medications such as Fluconazole.

Side Effects of Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6

The Candid-V1, -V3, and -V6 medications are generally well tolerated. However, some women may experience some of the following symptoms. If you do, you should notify your doctor immediately:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Foul-smelling discharge

In addition, allergic reactions can occur in some women. Severe allergic reactions should be treated in an emergency department.

Before You Start Using Them

Here are some precautions you should take before you start to use this medication:

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to clotrimazole or any other drugs.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially antibiotic medications and vitamins.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, problems with your immune system, human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), diabetes, or a history of alcohol abuse.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using clotrimazole, call your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol.

Other Important Information

Keep all appointments with your doctor. Clotrimazole cream, lotion, and solution are for external use only. Do not swallow the vaginal tablets or vaginal cream.

If you have a vaginal infection, refrain from sexual intercourse. An ingredient in the cream may weaken certain latex products like condoms or diaphragms; do not use such products within 72 hours of using this medication. Wear clean cotton panties (or panties with cotton crotches), not panties made of nylon, rayon, or other synthetic fabrics.

Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the clotrimazole, call your doctor.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Angela on August 20, 2019:

I confused candida v6 with another antibiotic and swallowed it instead of inserting it,is there any effect

Anu on July 21, 2019:

I'm use the v3 tablet at night time morng I have sex it is ok are any prlm

yashnu J on June 06, 2019:

Dr. i have some infection in and around the virgin after using candid B cream . now my virgin in and around very itching. i need your advice.

Ishani K on May 28, 2019:

1. Im 35 years old and can i get an HPV vaccine?

2. First i got this during my pregnancy. (Age of 30) I used candid v3 pressaries 5 or 6 times during the pregnancy as directed by the VOG. After 5 years now again i got this.. I frequently face this fungal infection. (Once in two months.) Last month i even took oral antibiotics for two weeks as directed by the doctor. But it is still there. What can i do? Please advise me.

Ishu on April 29, 2019:

Hi.. doctor can I know that is there any issue, if I use candid v-6 500mg, 2tablets within a month?

Clifford on August 14, 2018:

What are the % that the person using candid she's pregnant?

LR on January 13, 2018:

Doctor is there any adverse impact on yeast infection to getting pregnant

Lakshmi on September 09, 2017:

My candida v6 vaginal pill leaking out without melting inside. im a pregnent why this is happening due to lack of proper insertion?

VERONICA on September 07, 2017:


i have been experiencing serious itching and bleeding. i want to ask if it is possible i can still proceed in using TIOCONAZOLE as prescribed to me while bleeding. please i need your advice.

Veronica on September 07, 2017:


i have been experiencing serious itching and bleeding. i want to ask if it is possible i can still proceed in using TIOCONAZOLE as prescribed to me while bleeding. please i need your advice.

Rhea on August 26, 2017:

I am taking canoio-v3 and tonight is the last night inserting the pill in my vagina.I was just wondering how long before I can have unprotected sex because my boyfriend and I are trying to get pregnant

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on August 12, 2017:

It's normal

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on August 12, 2017:

You need to check whether you got menses. Bleeding after insertion may be due to trauma. If you experience bleeding after sex also then need to meet a doctor. Candid v3 doesn't cause bleeding on its own.

Kcharles on August 07, 2017:

Hi i uses the candid v3 and after the third insertion i started to bleed the day after, what would cause that?

riya on July 29, 2017:

I had eaten candid v6 any side effect?

oluwatemitope on July 25, 2017:

I started candid v6 yesterday night but this morning I notice is been dissolved and coming out liquid then more discharge.. Please is it normal.


zana on June 10, 2017:

i'm now POA 33 weeks of pregnant woman can i use candid v6?please reply

Namita on May 21, 2017:

I m in 3rd trimester of pregnancy and suffering from vaginal itching and little white discharge with white substance can i take candid -v6 .it wont harm in my pregnancy ?

pooja rangadale on October 21, 2016:

hi..i am using candid v6 from 2 days...and am 6 weeks pregnent.,..from morning its bleeding and that tablet is also came out with bleeding

Nicole on October 13, 2016:

Hi I had and vaginal itch was given candid v3 after the last night of using it the following night I had a yellowish discharge with foul smell what does that indicates.

esther on August 07, 2016:

i swallowed the v6 by mistake...what should i do. will it harm me..


Sanchita on July 18, 2016:

I have inserted but it comes out in the morning

sumaiya on July 17, 2016:

I have used the V6 for 6 nights along with the lotion but i still feel like i have the infection, what can i do?

Thank you.

Nina on July 15, 2016:

I used V3. There was discharge after one use the next morning but when I used it for the second time, there wasn't any discharge the following morning. looking I have urges to pee every now and then. Should I be worried??

IMABONG on June 14, 2016:

Hello, i have been having pains by my lower right abodomen for 3 months now. i just got married in April and i carried out a test and it was confirmed that i have candida and environmental staph. Could it be the cause for the pains? is it ok to use Candid V-6 since i am trying to conceive?

i also have regular itches and bleeding. i am so worried. i have taken some injection as adviced by my doctor but the pain and itches persist. Please kindly advice.

psg on June 12, 2016:

Doctor How can I consult you? Are you coming to Durdens? Also I am in my 50s and going thru menopause before and after periods my vagina and rectum is itiching. So is it advisable to use candid V cream? please reply me.

uu on May 30, 2016:

Plz help me

Xx on May 17, 2016:

Yellowish purulent discharge after using candid v gel for 3 it normal?

Fathima on March 17, 2016:

Im using candid v6 for two days and after using it my urine is light red in it normal?its because of the candid? Or else any other disease?

radhika on March 05, 2016:

I'm use the v3 tablet at night time morng I have sex it is ok are any prlm

hello on February 17, 2016:

Are you supposed to clean your insides of each pill before inserting the others ?

Zainab on February 10, 2016:

I've inserted day threes candid 6 tablet but unlike the first two days where it came out as white discharge nothing came for this time. I tried poking in and see I could feel the tablet deep inside. I still have 2 more doses what do I do?!

Vk on December 07, 2015:

Can u use candid v6 for three nights instead of 6 if u use 2tablets instead of 1 per night?

Jane on August 18, 2015:

Ive started the candid v6 only lastnite and this mornin wen i got up there were yhis mild bleeding mixed wit some white of the tablets. Is this normal?

JYOTI on July 24, 2015:

hello doc.. I used candid 6 on my doctors suggestion. The third night the tablet was inserted properly.. On fourth evening, there is a little bleeding..Should I continue it ... Is this bleeding normal?? Please reply

Shilpa on July 17, 2015:

My daughter is having itching in vagina,, n little burning sensation, I washed it with mild baby soap n applied little candid v, she is close to 7 yrs old., is it ok to do so? can I apply little on the inner side? pl suggest,

Sue on July 05, 2015:


I'm around two months pregnant and I had an infection early in the month and was given candid-v3 after a while the infection came back

I had yellow/brownish discharge that was smelly

the doctor gave me candid-v6

will it harm my baby?

did the infection come back cos of my husband? he didn't take any medication

please please help

Aarti on June 25, 2015:

Hii i hv inserted candid v6 into vagina when 4th day mrng i saw day blood clots are there is it normal

mulkah on June 17, 2015:

What's with the pinkish discharge after using candid v6

Kimna on June 12, 2015:

I am now on condid v1 treatment. what happen if I have sex with boyfriend? Will he get the yeast infection too? If so, what treatment should he take??

Varena on June 11, 2015:

It's like almost 2 days now that my little girl had eaten candid v1 that fell of my vagina. I didn't know that candid v1 fall off vaigina. And I didn't know that my baby was behind me picking it. It was too late to stop her. Today she got high temperature 38.4 degrees. I gave her paracetamol. I'm so worried if that thing is making her sick. Please advise me.

Kirti on June 09, 2015:

i am 17 weeks pregnant and i am suffering through virginal infection doctor suggested to insert candid V6. i followed all the instruction and inserted the tablet but on first day of inserting tablet it did not dissolve and on second day i inserted other tablet same thing happened (it did not disslove) should i use 3rd tablet. Does this will harm me and my baby? how to remove tablet which is stuck?

Varena on June 09, 2015:

I am very cared when I turned around and saw my 1 year old girl picked up Candid V1 that came off my vagina. She ate a little piece of it :(. I'm so worried and don't know what will happen to her?? Does it make my baby sick or something???

Angel on May 29, 2015:

very informative.thanks

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on May 24, 2015:

It could be due to both

Hi on May 23, 2015:

Am using candid-v6 like for 4 nights now on my fifth night but period just start. I want to know if it's OK to insert the pill still.

dhanushi on May 13, 2015:

Hi i am virgin and judt got married. Since in scared on sex due to pain my doctor suggest me to use candid v 6. But after reading some posts understand that inserting can dsmage my hymen.why doctor suggest it to me?hoe to usr it with out any harm?what's the correct way of using??after insrt how long i have to wait for start sex?

priyanka pahwa on April 21, 2015:

Hii i have mild urine suggest me to use candid v-6..can u tell me when should i use it tablet

manny on April 15, 2015:

hi i used the single dose of candid v6 along with the candid gel for a yeast infection. it eased it a great bit but not completely. there is still slight itching and some clumpy discharge. i am pretty sure it is a yeast infection as this is not my first. can i re use another dose or take an oral antifungal

babska,uganda on April 14, 2015:

i used candid v6 and the next morning i found a bloody discharge on my bcoz i was from having my periods or i broke my vaginity?

anny on April 04, 2015:

I used v3 first Time last night and today at evening I'm having white discharge what's this t

is this normal

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on February 01, 2015:

It is safer to test for pregnancy before starting this medication.

mrs ahmed on January 31, 2015:

I am newly married and I don't know whether i am pregnant or not, so is it advisable to have it.

sonal on January 20, 2015:

Hi, I am suffering from fungal infection in vagina and I used candid V-6 but the very first it came out of vagina in the morning and doesn't dissolve inside it. Can you please tell me what is the reason behind this? And how to use it properly? Also am having pain in my lower stomach after using it.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on January 09, 2015:

You need Tobe medically examined to find a cause for subfetility and suitability for pregnancy. Hey b or simple vaginal candidiasis per second usually do not cause subfetility.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on January 09, 2015:

Yes, you can use this product.

ayuk23 on January 07, 2015:

I'm hepatitis B patient. Can I use Candid V6.

I have been suffering from severe and recurrent yeast infection although my life, like 13 years now. Can it be the cause of me not being able to conceive?

Can I use Candid V6?

ayuk23 on January 07, 2015:

I'm hepatitis B patient. Can I use this candida V6 ?

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on January 06, 2015:


You need to continue using other tablets. If not, you may develop resistant fungal infection later.

Divya on January 06, 2015:

Hi wants to know I am having candid v6 last 2days , but my yeast infection gone after one tablet , thn did I have to complete six day course ,

Or candid v6 tablet can effect period or conceive child

Mercy on January 03, 2015:

i am suffering fm candidiasis n is like am seeing long term signs n i want to hospital n the gave me inserting medication n still the discharge is still there i u to commend drug for me pls

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 18, 2014:

If the pinkinsh discharge is continuing and having abdominal pain then you need to see your doctor immediately. It may or may not be due to Candid V3.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 18, 2014:

If you are five months pregnant then the chances of harming the baby is very much low. You can use it.

arlene on December 18, 2014:


I used candid v 3 last night and when i woke up did morning , every time i go to wee there is a pinkish yellowish discharge. is this normal ?i am very worried. I am 13 weeks pregnant.

GAYATHRI on December 15, 2014:

Hi,am 5 months told tat i have buzz in she recommended candid v6 but i didn't took...then i got itches near vagina i can't tolerate so i have taken candid v6 in yesterday this morning i got slight itching at vagina...tis is bcos of first day of using tablet??shall i continue or it may harm my baby?? pls reply

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 07, 2014:

At 11 weeks it is unlikely that you will feel the baby. Usually you will feel the babies movements at 18 weeks and above. There are no reports about Candid V6 causing abortions.

gloria on December 06, 2014:

I used Candid V6 prescribed to me by a pharmacist 11weeks in pregnancy I'm just on d fourth dose and I can't feel any baby in me again,my stomach seems empty.Is Candid V6 responsible for it?Can it kill my baby cos I'm worried.

here on December 04, 2014:

Is it safe to use Candid V3 even when there is a skin rash from itching?

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on December 03, 2014:

It should be inserted at night. It should be inserted deep into vagina. If it's stay for around ten hours inside the vagina then you are OK.

abc on November 28, 2014:

Even i insert the candid v6 tablet properly in the vagina the next day it is coming out side .does it comes to out side or not.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on October 11, 2014:

You may be having underlying bacterial infection and it may need treatment with antibiotics

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on October 11, 2014:

It is better to re insert it again

jayti on October 11, 2014:

Hiee i m suffering from white dischage itch red rashes on labia majora my doc advice me to take candids v6 i take it properly nd i get releif bt after 10 days it reoccur n hv labia majora is swell plzz hlp me

FH on October 09, 2014:

Hi. Ive used V1 last night and only to find out it came out crushed the morning. And the itching comes again. Is it normal? If not, is it okay if i re-insert v1 again?

tina on October 04, 2014:

Thanks..can you advice me that the usg- TVs test should be done on the 9th day or the 3rd

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on October 02, 2014:

It is unlikely to be due to periods or the tablets. But check whether you are pregnant.

Tina on October 02, 2014:

Hi....I want to conceive and trying it from last few years, however my doctor said that I have infection and recommended v6 to use. I have use four pills and did not use further as I got pinkish discharge the 5 the day so thought my regular periods started. But after pinkich discharge I got next discharge after 20 hours. Is it a singn of periods or due to the tablet as my periods should start course of the 28 cycle...but its not seems as normal periods. Please advice

steff on September 30, 2014:

Ok thanks. I was scared so I went to my doc and she told me it was ok as my infection was severe.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 28, 2014:

It is better to use them if you are more than 12 weeks pregnant Fetal malformation would be minimal), however, if the condition is serious then better to use it now.

steff on September 27, 2014:

I'm having a yellow greenish discharge when I wipe myself with a tissue after urinating and I'm 5 weeks pregnant. I was advised to use candid v6 n fluconazole150mg and metrogyl 1gm single dose. Is it safe to use these tablets

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 25, 2014:

You need to meet your gynecologist. This may be due to pelvic inflammatory disease?

sasha on September 24, 2014:

hi i have used the v6 along with the fluconazole 150mg (H 2000)x3 and after i finished using it my period came in the same week but from ever since that am feeling abdominal pains what could be wrong please reply

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 24, 2014:

See whether the symptoms improved. It is better not to have sex during the 12 day period.

shane on September 23, 2014:

my doctor prescribed canesten v6 sept 5,7,9,11,13,15 and had sex on sep.8 and 16 with comdom. im expecting mestuation last sep.16 until mow im delayed. i have a cramps but no sign of blood.. pls help

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 21, 2014:

Both canestan and Candid have same active ingredient. Need to find the reason for non response. Is it resistance to fungal infection or inproper use ?.

yuni on September 20, 2014:

if the yeast infection didn't cure after using candid v6, can i use it again even without prescription from my obgyne? and if the candid v6 is not effective can i also use canesten vaginal tablet even also without prescription?? thanks..

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 17, 2014:

He can apply an antifungal cream. e.g. Candid cream. He can apply it two times a day for at least your treatment is over.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 17, 2014:

What is the problem?

parul on September 17, 2014:

Before 8 months i tested my overy report in lab. Both overy are normal. But i was getting fungal infection in veginal. I used candid-v3. And the problem solve. But after 3 weeks infection came back. This problem creat 7-8 times. What can i do? Its normal or sirous?

Tosin on September 17, 2014:

Pls am Itching in my vigina and V6 was prescribed for me,what drug can my husband take to prevent reoccurrence.

parul on September 16, 2014:

I used candid v3 last 6-7 months. When i used, fill better and problem solved but after some day problem creat? What can i do? It's risky or normal?

charm on September 14, 2014:

if the diagnosis was wrong what would that be? if it is not yeast infection what is it? all i experience is the symptoms of it..though the itchyness is not present sometimes, there is no pain during intercourse and my husband doesn't get this infection from me..all i have is a white discharge., thank you for answering.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 13, 2014:

Please wait for several days, if not again the diagnosis may be wrong.

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 13, 2014:

Probably the diagnosis is wrong.

charm on September 07, 2014:

why my yeast infection doesn't go away even if i treated it using candid v6 for 6 nights and i take funzela pill. but the yeast infection is still there. what should i do?

ira on September 06, 2014:

i just finish my candid v6 and take a funzela pill but the yeast infection does not go away.. i treated it in many ways but it's still there.. what should i do? is there any effective remedy? help me. thank you

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on September 02, 2014:

Do not worry, it won't affect the anti fungal effect.

aida on September 01, 2014:

im on my last night tonight for candid v6 and i already inserted the last one, and when i pulled out the applicator there has a blood stain but just a few., my expected period is on september 4 because last month my period was august 4.. what should i do?

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on August 29, 2014:

Stop using it and after menses use it again as new course

spurthy on August 27, 2014:

Concieved 10 mnths back.vaginal delivery .irregular infection few days back.doc prescribed candid v6.on usage of 3rd day I got periods.wat to do? ?