pharmatex 20 mg, vaginal tablet Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

pharmatex 20 mg, vaginal tablet

Generic drug of the Therapeutic class: Contraception and termination of pregnancy
Active ingredients: Benzalkonium chloride

what is PHARMATEX vaginal tablet used for and indication?

Local contraception.

This method considerably decreases the risk of pregnancy without completely eliminating it.

Effectiveness depends on compliance with the mode of use.

This method of contraception is intended for all women of childbearing age and more particularly:

  • when there is a temporary or definitive contraindication to oral contraception or the IUD,
  • after childbirth, while breastfeeding or during pre-menopause,
  • when episodic contraception is desired,
  • during oral contraception, in case of forgetting or delay in taking a tablet: in this case, combine the two methods of contraception during the rest of the cycle.

In addition to local contraception by IUD (in particular the laws of the regular intake of certain drugs, such as anti-inflammatory drugs).


polypropylene tube (s) of 12 tablet (s)

Pharmaceutical class not communicated
Active substance (s) for one tablet: miristalkonium chloride (20 mg)
General medicine no
Pharmaceutical form compressed
Route (s) of administration vaginal
Selling price unregulated price
Social security reimbursement rate 0%
Laboratory (s) Laboratory (s) manufacturer Pharmatex 20 mg
Conditions of issue available without prescription

PHARMATEX vaginal tablet Dosage

  • Introduce a vaginal tablet systematically before each intercourse, regardless of the time of your menstrual cycle, including during periods.
  • In case of repeated intercourse, use a new vaginal tablet before each new intercourse.



If you are allergic to the active substance or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine. You will find the list of ingredients in section 6.

How To Take PHARMATEX vaginal tablet ?

This medication is used vaginally. You must not swallow it.

It is necessary to respect the following conditions of use because the effectiveness depends on the respect of the mode of use:

  • Always insert a vaginal tablet deep in the vagina 10 minutes before each intercourse, regardless of the period of your menstrual cycle, including during periods.
  • Moisten the vaginal tablet and insert it preferably while lying down, which makes it easier to place it deep in the vagina.
  • Wait for the complete fusion of the vaginal tablet so that the active substance is completely released (8 to 10 minutes).
  • Place another vaginal tablet before each intercourse in case of repeated intercourse.
  • Contraceptive protection is provided for 3 hours.
  • Immediately before or after intercourse, only an external toilet with pure water is possible for both partners. Do not wash your private parts with soap.

how does PHARMATEX vaginal tablet work?

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Contraceptive for local use (G: genitourinary system).

  • Myristalkonium chloride is both a spermicide and an antiseptic.
  • The active substance causes the membrane of the sperm to rupture. The destruction of the spermatozoon occurs in two stages: first destruction of the flagellum, then bursting of the head.
  • The effectiveness of the method varies according to the rigor of the observation of the recommendations and the precision of the dialogue preceding the prescription.
  • There is no modification of the saprophytic flora: the Döderlein bacillus is respected.
  • Not being hormonal in nature, Pharmatex does not influence the menstrual cycle, libido, fertility.
  • Myristalkonium chloride also has antiseptic activity:
    • in vitro, the product is active on a number of infectious agents responsible for sexually transmitted diseases, in particular: Neisseria gonorrhoeae , Chlamydia spp, Herpes simplex type 2, HIV, Trichomonas vaginalis, Staphylococcus aureus . On the other hand, the activity is zero on Mycoplasma spp and weak on Gardnerella vaginalis, Candida albicans, Haemophilus ducreyi and Treponema pallidum  ;
    • in vivo, there is evidence of a certain activity in the prevention of certain sexually transmitted diseases without proof of this preventive action.

How To Store PHARMATEX vaginal tablet ?

Keep this medication out of the sight and reach of children.

Expiration date

  • Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiration date refers to the last day of that month.

Storage conditions

  • No special storage conditions.

PHARMATEX vaginal tablet Side Effects

Like all medicines, PHARMATEX can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them:

  • Rare side effects (affects 1 to 10 in 10,000 people):
    • Burning sensation or local irritation
  • Side effects of not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
    • Allergy to any of the constituents

Drug interactions

Not recommended:

  • Medicines used by the vaginal route: any local vaginal treatment may inactivate a local spermicidal contraception.
  • Soaps: this spermicide is destroyed by soaps; refrain from washing with soap because soaps, even in traces, destroy the active principle.

Effects on ability to Drive and use machines

  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.

Warnings and Precautions

Take special care with PHARMATEX:

  • Soapy water destroys the active principle of this local contraceptive. Therefore, you should not clean your genitals with soap before or after intercourse. Only an external toilet, with pure water is possible for both partners.
  • If a genital injury occurs or worsens, stop treatment and consult your doctor.
  • If vaginal treatment or the use of any other vaginal product is necessary, wait until the end of treatment to (re) start contraception with PHARMATEX.

Warning: This method of contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections or AIDS. To date, only the condom provides real protection.

Why is it important that you follow the instructions precisely?

The effectiveness of this local method of contraception is lower than that of other methods of contraception such as:

  • the contraceptive pill,
  • the IUD,
  • the diaphragm,
  • condoms.

Therefore, it is very important that your doctor or pharmacist explain precisely the instructions for use.

If you have not understood how this medicine should be used, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist or doctor again.

To obtain the most effective contraception possible, it is important to follow the instructions for use.

Always use a vaginal tablet before each intercourse , and at any time of your menstrual cycle, including during periods.



  • Clinically, epidemiological studies have not revealed any malformative effect linked to the accidental use of this spermicide at the start of pregnancy.

Feeding with milk

  • Possibility of passage of very small quantities in breast milk, without known harmful consequences. Breastfeeding is possible.

What happens if I overdose from PHARMATEX vaginal tablet ?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

There is a risk of pregnancy. In this case, emergency contraception can be used, it should be taken as soon as possible (see also section 6. Basic information on the menstrual cycle and contraception).

What happens if you stop taking PHARMATEX vaginal tablet ?

  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.

What is  Forms and Composition ?



Vaginal tablet:   Tube of 12.


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Special warnings:

  • For pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly, boys and drivers, and use before surgery.

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  • It treats possible side effects and drug interactions that require attention and its effect on continuous use.
  • The information contained in this medicine is based on medical literature, but it is not a substitute for consulting a doctor.

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