Nilstat Cream is a topical antifungal medication used to treat fungal or yeast infections of the skin and is often applied to affected areas such as the feet, groin, and body folds.
Nilstat Cream contains the active ingredient nystatin and belongs to the group of medicines called antifungals. It works by stopping the growth of fungi that cause infection.
Use and Dosage
Nystatin comes as a cream to apply to the skin. It is usually applied twice a day to the affected area. It is only meant for use on the skin or within the vagina and should not be ingested. Use nystatin at around the same time every day.
To use Nilstat Cream, follow these general steps:
- Wash and dry the affected area before applying the cream.
- Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area and surrounding skin. Rub it in gently.
- Cover the area with a sterile dressing (if necessary) to help keep the cream in place.
- Wash your hands after applying the cream.
However, note that the specific instructions for using Nilstat Cream may vary depending on the area being treated and the severity of the fungal infection. Consult with your healthcare provider or follow the instructions on the prescription label for the correct usage and dosage information for Nilstat Cream. If you have any questions or concerns about how to use Nilstat Cream, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for further guidance.
Common Side Effects of Nilstat Cream (Nystatin):
- Burning or pain in the area where applied
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Rash, hives, or itching
Serious Side Effects of Nilstat Cream (Nystatin):
- Allergic reactions: skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin including inside the mouth
- Irritation inside the mouth
- Upset stomach
Forms and Strength
Nilstat Cream (Nystatin) is available in the following forms and strength:
- Allergic reactions: People who are allergic to nystatin or any other ingredient in Nilstat Cream may experience an allergic reaction, which can include symptoms such as itching, swelling, rash, difficulty breathing, or hives. Seek medical attention right away if you experience any of these symptoms after applying Nilstat Cream.
- Side effects: Some people may experience side effects when using Nilstat Cream, including skin irritation, burning, stinging, redness, or dryness. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own, but if they persist or become worse, contact your healthcare provider.
- Other medical conditions: People with liver or kidney disease or a weak immune system may need to use a lower dose of nystatin in their topical medication or may need to use a different medication altogether. Discuss your medical history and any current medications or supplements you are taking with your healthcare provider to ensure that using Nilstat Cream is safe for you.
- Interactions with other medications: Nystatin may interact with other medications you are taking, including certain antibiotics or medications used to treat HIV or AIDS. Tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking before using Nilstat Cream to avoid any potential drug interactions.
- Overuse: Using too much Nilstat Cream or using it for too long can lead to the growth of resistant strains of fungi and decrease the effectiveness of the medication. Use only as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Storage: Nilstat Cream should be stored at room temperature and kept out of reach of children and pets. Do not use it if the cream has expired or if the packaging is damaged.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Although there is no evidence that Nilstat Cream can harm a developing fetus or a nursing baby, it is still recommended to discuss your pregnancy or breastfeeding status with your healthcare provider before using the medication.
- Interactions with other medical conditions or medications: Nystatin may interact with certain medications or medical conditions, such as blood thinners or liver disease, and can cause potentially serious side effects. Notify your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions or are taking any other medications before using Nilstat Cream.
- Follow-up: Notify your healthcare provider if there is no improvement in your symptoms or if your symptoms worsen after using Nilstat Cream.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Nilstat Cream safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Although there is no evidence that Nilstat Cream can harm a developing fetus or a nursing baby, it is still recommended to discuss pregnancy or breastfeeding status with a healthcare provider before using the medication.
Is Nilstat Cream available over the counter?
No, Nilstat Cream is a prescription medication and is only available with a healthcare provider’s prescription.
How should Nilstat Cream be stored?
Nilstat Cream should be stored at room temperature and kept out of reach of children and pets. Do not use it if the cream has expired or if the packaging is damaged.