What is Diflucan?
Diflucan contains the active ingredient fluconazole, which is a type of medicine used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts. Fluconazole kills the fungi that are causing an infection by destroying their cell wall. Diflucan is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Diflucan used for?
Diflucan is used to treat a number of different types of fungal and yeast infections such as vaginal thrush (Candida albicans infection), fungal infections of the linings of the mouth (oral thrush), throat, food pipe, intestines or other internal fungal or yeast infections . A vaginal fungal infection is characterised by an increase of white discharge from the vagina, as well as redness, irritation, itching or burning in the vagina/labia area. Diflucan is a fast-acting medicine that is absorbed into the bloodstream. In most cases, the symptoms will improve within two days of taking it.
How to use Diflucan
Diflucan capsules should be swallowed whole with plenty of liquid. You can also break the capsules and disperse them in a spoonful of applesauce or pudding. This medicine should be taken at roughly the same time each day. If you have been prescribed a course, make sure to complete it without stopping in between. If your symptoms have not improved within seven days, consult a doctor.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose for a vaginal fungal infection is:
- Women aged 18 and older: one 150-mg capsule.
Other infections may require a different dose. Read the package leaflet before use.
Like all medicines, Diflucan may cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhoea);
- Skin rash due to allergic reaction (e.g. red patches, skin redness).
For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or persistent.
When not to use Diflucan
Diflucan is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antifungal medicine if:
- You are allergic to fluconazole or to other azole antifungal medicines (e.g. miconazole or itraconazole);
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Diflucan capsules;
- You are pregnant;
- You are currently taking terfenadine or cisapride.
Consult a doctor on the use of Diflucan if you have a health condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, decreased kidney function or a liver disease. Diflucan interacts with other medicines, including some soporifics, anti-epileptic drugs and calcium blockers. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with.
Do not use Diflucan, or only with your doctor’s approval, if you are pregnant. Consult a doctor before using Diflucan if you are breastfeeding.
In principle, Diflucan does not affect your reaction time. Avoid driving if you do feel dizzy.
Diflucan does not interact with alcohol or food.