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Diflucan (its Generic Fluconazole) is a prescription antifungal medication taken orally to treat fungal infections throughout the body, including the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, bladder, and genitals. It may be used as a single therapy or in combination with other medications.
Fluconazole is a prescription azole antifungal medication used to prevent and treat a variety of fungal and yeast infections. It works by inhibiting the growth of certain types of fungi, helping to reduce the severity and duration of the infection. Appropriate monitoring and dose adjustments may be necessary when administering this drug, depending on the severity of the infection.
This powerful medicine can be taken orally either with or without food, depending on the instructions of your doctor. In most cases, the dosage is once a day. Taking this medication in the prescribed manner will enable you to fight off fungal infections and restore your health.
Uses and Dosage
For optimal efficacy of the Diflucan medication, it is important to maintain a consistent level of the drug in the body. Therefore, it is recommended that patients take their dose at the same time each day as directed by their doctor. You should continue taking this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.
The dosage of this medication should be based on the patient's medical condition and response to treatment. The dose and duration of treatment may vary depending on the severity of the infection and the response to the medication.
- The recommended dosage of Diflucan for the treatment of vaginal candidiasis is 150 mg as a single oral dose.
- In the case of oropharyngeal candidiasis, a dose of 200 mg on the first day, followed by 100 mg once daily is suggested. Treatment should be continued for at least two weeks to reduce the risk of relapse.
- For esophageal candidiasis, a dosage of 200 mg on the first day, followed by 100 mg once daily is recommended, with doses up to 400 mg/day based on the patient's response to therapy. The treatment of esophageal candidiasis requires at least three weeks of treatment and two weeks of follow-up after resolution of symptoms.
- The recommended dosage for the treatment of acute cryptococcal meningitis is 400 mg on the first day, followed by 200 mg once daily, with doses up to 400 mg/day based on the patient's response to therapy. Treatment should continue for at least 10 to 12 weeks after the cerebrospinal fluid becomes culture negative.
- Diflucan can also be used for the prevention of candidiasis in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation at a dosage of 400 mg, once daily.
For pediatric patients, the dose should be adjusted according to the patient's weight. As a general guideline, the maximum daily dose for children should not exceed 600 milligrams, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
Some Serious Side Effects of Fluconazole:
- Body aches
- Clay-colored stool
- Dark urine
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Flu symptoms
- Flutter in your chest
- Loss of appetite
- Seizure (convulsions)
- Shortness of breath
- Skin rash or lesions
- Sudden dizziness
- Unusual weakness
- Upper stomach pain
- Yellowing of eyes or skin (jaundice)
Common Side Effects of Diflucan Include:
- Changes in your sense of taste
- Stomach Pain
- Upset Stomach
Form and strength
Diflucan and its Generic Alternatives Fluconazole are available in the following forms and strengths:
- 150 mg
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
- 150 mg
- 200 mg
- It is important to note that individuals with a history of cancer may be more susceptible to developing fungal infections and should be monitored closely for any signs or symptoms of infection.
- During pregnancy, this medication should be avoided unless necessary. Administration of this drug during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause harm to the unborn baby.
- When operating any type of vehicle or machinery, you should be aware that episodes of dizziness or seizures may occur in rare cases. Patients should be advised to exercise caution when engaging in activities that require alertness and to consult their doctor if such symptoms occur.
- Diflucan is not to be administered to patients who have previously shown hypersensitivity to fluconazole or any of its excipients, so caution should be taken when prescribing to patients with hypersensitivity to other azoles.
- Fluconazole may be passed into breast milk, but it is unlikely to cause harm to a nursing infant. Before beginning or continuing breast-feeding, it is important to consult with a doctor to ensure the safety of the infant.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is the best time to take Diflucan?
Fluconazole can be taken at any time of day and can be taken either before or after a meal.
How long does Diflucan pill stay in your system for vaginal yeast infection?
The most common Diflucan dosage for a vaginal yeast infection is a single 150 mg oral pill. One dose of Diflucan is usually all it takes to cure a yeast infection. This is because the medication stays in vaginal secretions for at least 72 hours.
How many times a week can you take Diflucan?
Fluconazole (Diflucan) should be taken once a day, preferably at the same time every day.
It's important to purchase Diflucan from verified Canadian pharmacy.