Boric Acid

Boric Acid Brand Name– Hylafem

What is Boric Acid

Boric acid is available as an ophthalmic solution and a vaginal suppository. The ophthalmic solution is used as an irrigation for irritated eyes and to remove foreign materials from the eyes.

The vaginal suppository is used to treat the symptoms of vulvovaginal candidiasis. There is a risk of developing systemic toxicity from the topical application of boric acid preparations especially in infants and children, if the skin is broken, or if large amounts of the drug are applied.

Boric acid was first marketed in 1939. In January, 2016, a homeopathic vaginal suppository became commercially available for treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis; the product has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety or efficacy for the stated use and the FDA is not aware of scientific evidence to support homeopathy as effective.

Indications

  • bacterial vaginosis
  • ocular pruritus
  • vulvovaginal candidiasis

For ocular irrigation as an eye wash for the treatment of mild ocular pruritus, mild ocular irritation, stinging, or discomfort

Side Effects

  1. anaphylactoid reactions
  2. chest pain (unspecified)
  3. dyspnea
  4. metabolic acidosis
  5. ocular irritation
  6. ocular pain
  7. pruritus
  8. rash
  9. skin irritation
  10. urticaria
  11. vaginal discharge
  12. vaginal irritation
  13. visual impairment

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary

Contraindications

  • accidental exposure
  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • contact lenses
  • immunosuppression
  • infants
  • neonates
  • occlusive dressing
  • pregnancy
  • sexually transmitted disease
  • skin abrasion

Interactions

There are no drug interactions associated with Boric Acid products.

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