DIFLUCAN DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement,
not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician,
pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not
be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate,
or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional
before using this drug.
FLUCONAZOLE - ORAL (flew-CON-uh-zole)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Diflucan
USES: This medication is an antifungal agent used to treat
infections in certain areas of the body caused by yeast and
DIFLUCAN USAGE: Take fluconazole exactly as directed by your doctor. If you
do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain
them to you. Take each dose with a full glass of water. A single dose of this
medication is often used to treat vaginal yeast infections. In multiple-dose therapy,
a double dose of Diflucan is often taken on the first day of treatment to quickly get
the proper amount of medicine into the body. Follow your doctor's directions. Shake
the suspension well before measuring a dose. To ensure that you get the correct dose,
measure the suspension using a dose-measuring spoon, cup, or dropper, not a regular
table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you
can get one. It is important to take Diflucan regularly to get the most benefit.
Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat. The suspension can
be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Do not let it freeze. Throw away
any unused suspension after 14 days.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: This medication
may cause stomach upset, loss of appetite, altered taste,
diarrhea, nausea, headache or dizziness during the first few
days as your system gets used to the medication. If these symptoms
persist or become severe, inform your doctor. In the unlikely
event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate
medical attention. Symptoms of an adverse or allergic reaction include:
rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If
you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor
your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney
disease, any drug allergies. This medication should be used
only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks
and benefits with your doctor. Fluconazole is known to excrete into
breast milk. The manufacturer of this drug recommends it not
be used while breast-feeding. Consult your doctor before nursing.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your
doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription
drugs you may use, especially of: astemizole, cisapride, cimetidine,
oral contraceptives, cyclosporine, oral antidiabetic drugs,
hydrochlorothiazide, phenytoin, rifampin, rifabutin, certain
benzodiazepines (e.g., alprazolam, triazolam), tacrolimus,
terfenadine, theophylline, warfarin, zidovudine. Do not start
or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose of Diflucan is
suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency
room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include hallucinations
and changes in behavior.
NOTES: Diflucann has
been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use
it later for another infection or give it to someone else.
A different type of medicine may be needed.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss
a dose, take it as soon as remembered. If it is almost time
for the next dose, take the scheduled dose only. Do not "double-up"
the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
away from moisture and sunlight. Avoid storing this medicine in the bathroom or near the shower.