Diflucan also known as fluconazole is an antifungal medicine used to treat fungus that invade different body parts including the throat, blood, genital area, bladder, lungs, mouth and the esophagus. Diflucan helps to prevent fungal infection in people with weak immune system caused by bone marrow transplant, cancer treatment or AIDS.
You should take diflucan as prescribed by the doctor and ensure you follow all the directions as indicated. You should never take in smaller or larger amounts or for a longer period than recommended. Each dose depends on the infection being treated, vaginal infections are treated with only one pill but there are certain infections which are treated with a double dose. Diflucan can be taken with or without food. Before, measuring the liquid dose, you should shake the suspension well then measure the dosage with the dosing syringe provided or a special measuring cup or spoon. In case, you do not, you should ask the pharmacist for one. Using this medicine as prescribed helps to improve the infection in no time and the symptoms can clear before you finish the dosage but this does not mean you skip the dosage as it puts you at risk of further infections which are resistant to antibiotics. Diflucan cannot treat viral infections such as common cold or flu.
There are certain drugs which cause dangerous or unwanted effects when used with Diflucan such as quinidine, pimozide, erythromycin and cisapride. You should inform your healthcare provider if you are using any of the above medicines.
Also let your doctor know if you have kidney disease, liver disease, history of Long QT syndrome and a heart rhythm disorder.
Similar to other medications, diflucan also has certain side effects some of which are mild while others are severe. You should contact your doctor immediately in case you experience any of the following side effects:
- Bleeding or bruising or any unusual weakness
- Peeling, red skin rash or severe blistering
- Chills, flu symptoms, fever and body aches
- Jaundice, dark urine, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain and nausea.
The mild side effects are
- Mild stomach pain
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
Diflucan should be stored at room temperature away from heat or moisture. The liquid Diflucan can be stored in the refrigerator but it should not be allowed to freeze.
Any left over liquid that is more than two weeks old should be disposed.
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