Diflucan is used for treating Vaginal candidiasis (vaginal yeast infections due to Candida), Oropharyngeal and esophageal candidiasis, Cryptococcal meningitis.Diflucan is also used to lower the incidence of candidiasis in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation who receive cytotoxic chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Diflucan comes as a capsule and liquid to take in orally. Usually Diflucan is taken once a day. The liquid should be shaken well before each use to mix the medication evenly. Continue to take Diflucan even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Diflucan without talking to your doctor. Follow your doctor`s prescriptions carefully. Do not take more of this medication or take it for a longer period of time than prescribed. Ask you doctor or pharmacist for more detailed information if needed.
Do not take Diflucan if you are undergoing treatment with cisapride (Propulsid). Combining these two drugs may cause serious, heart problems which can be fatal. You might need a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment or you might not be able to take Diflucan at all if you have a kidney disease, or if you are taking other medicines. Let your doctor know of your medical history before taking Diflucan. This medication is in the FDA pregnancy category C, which means that studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the foetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women, or studies in women and animals are not available. It is known that Diflucan passes into breast milk. Therefore, do not take Diflucan without your doctor`s approval if you are pregnant, likely to become pregnant or breast feeding.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, closing of your throat, swelling of your lips/ tongue/ face, or hives), a rash, liver damage (pale stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal pain, unusual fatigue, or dark urine. If you experience any of these conditions you should stop taking Diflucan and seek medical attention immediately. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience– nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, itching, diarrhea, headache or dizziness. You should contact your doctor if any other side effects occur.
Store Diflucan capsules at a temperature below 30°C (86°F). Keep away from children and excess heat, light and moisture (not in the bathroom or near radiator). Do not freeze. Diflucan injections in Viaflex Plus plastic containers are available in both sodium chloride and dextrose diluents. These should be stored at a temperature between 5°C–25°C (41°F –77°F). Do not freeze.
If overdose is suspected, seek medical attention immediately. Some symptoms of Diflucan overdose are– confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, decreased movement, decreased breathing, tearing eyes, drooling, urinary incontinence, seizures, and death.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Diflucan. They both can affect the liver. Be careful when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
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