Fluconazole

Fluconazole

Chris Schach

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Uses

* Fluconazole is an antifungal drug used primarily to treat yeast infections.

Fluconazole (Trade names: Diflucan or Trican) is an antifungal drug used to treat fungal infections, such as Dermatophytes, candida, malassezia, cryptococcosis and coccidiodomycosis. It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection. In addition to treating yeast infections, it can also prevent them in those likely to become infected because of chemotherapy or radiation treatments. It can also be used to treat meningitis.

Dosing

Fluconazole comes as a tablet or liquid. It is usually taken once a day. How long it is taken varies depending upon your condition and how well you respond to it. In some cases, your doctor may instruct you to double the dosage on the first day of treatment.

Side Effects

Side effects may include stomach upset (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence), heartburn, a change in the way you taste food, headache, allergic skin rash, and enlarged breasts in men, alopecia and impotence. Severe hepatitis has been reported very rare cases.

Notes of Precaution

* Fluconazole can interact poorly with a number of medications, including Warfarin, tolbutamide, glibenclamide, gliclazide, glipizide, Phenytoin, Theophylline, and Ciclosporin. If you are on any of these medications or any others, notify your doctor.

* Fluconazole should not be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

* Fluconazole should be stored at room temperature and kept out of the reach of children.

* Continue taking Fluconazole until your doctor tells you to stop, even if you show signs of improvement.
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