May 16, 2008

Diflucan

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwatson @ 9:57 am

Diflucan is an antibiotic used to treat infections caused by fungus, which can invade any part of the body including the mouth, throat, esophagus, lungs, bladder, genital area, and the blood. It works by altering the membrane around the fungus, therefore killing the fungus without harming your body’s cells.

It is also used to prevent fungal infection in people with weak immune systems caused by cancer treatment, bone marrow transplant, or diseases such as AIDS.

Important Information about Diflucan

Do not use Diflucan if you are also taking cisapride (Propulsid) or terfenadine (Seldane). Diflucan will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Use of this medicine has been associated with rare cases of serious liver damage, including deaths mainly in patients with serious medical conditions.

Before taking Diflucan, tell your doctor if you

  • are allergic to any drugs;
  • have liver disease;
  • have kidney disease;
  • have a heart rhythm disorder; or
  • a personal or family history of long QT syndrome.

Diflucan Side Effects

Most severe: Liver damage; severe allergic reaction; scaly, red skin over a large portion of the body.

Most common: Headache; nausea; stomach pain; diarrhea.

Other: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, skin rash, vomiting.

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Diflucan, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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