FLUCONAZOLE 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
FLUCONAZOLE: Fluconazole is an antifungal medication. It is used to treat
fungal infections. Diflucan is used to treat yeast infections of the mouth,
throat, and esophagus; vaginal yeast infections; fungal urinary tract infections;
pneumonia caused by yeast; and fungal infections throughout the entire body and in
the blood. Fluconazole is also used to prevent fungal infections from occurring in
people with suppressed immune systems such as cancer chemotherapy patients, organ
transplant patients, and AIDS patients. Fluconazole may also be untilized to treat conditions other than
those listed in this guide.
FLUCONAZOLE 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 in the treatment vaginal yeast infections. This dosage is usally sufficient to resolve the infection. In multiple-dose therapy,
a double dose of Fluconazole 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 carefully. 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
to obtain one. It is important to take Fluconazole 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. Avoid the freezer or expose it to excessive moisture. Throw away
any unused suspension after 14 days.
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 body adjusts 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 allergic reaction include:
rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If
you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor
or pharmacist to discuss them as soon as possible.
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 can excrete into
breast milk. The manufacturer of this drug recommends it not
be used while breast-feeding. Consult your doctor before you
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 Fluconazole is
suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency
room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include hallucinations
and changes in behavior.
NOTES: Fluconazole has
been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use
it later for another infection or give it to someone else for use.
A different 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. Do not store in the bathroom.