The reference site for Fluconazole

Fluconazole is an antifungal medication used for a number of fungal infections. This includes candidiasis, blastomycosis, coccidiodomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, dermatophytosis, and pityriasis versicolor.

WHAT IS FLUCONAZOLE?

Fluconazole is used to treat fungal infections, including yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, throat, esophagus (tube leading from the mouth to the stomach), abdomen (area between the chest and waist), lungs, blood, and other organs. Fluconazole is also used to treat meningitis caused by fungus.

Fluconazole is in a class of antifungals called triazoles. It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection.

It is commonly marketed under the trade name Diflucan® (Pfizer).

 

Brand Name(s): Diflucan Oral
CAS nº: 86386-73-4
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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to fluconazole and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

On January 29th 1990, the FDA approved Diflucan® (fluconazole) tablets to treat two serious AIDS-related fungal infections.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Fluconazole is in a class of antifungals called triazoles. It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection, including yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, throat, esophagus (tube leading from the mouth to the stomach), abdomen (area between the chest and waist), lungs, blood, and other organs.

Additionaly, this medication is used to prevent yeast infections in patients who are likely to become infected because they are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy before a bone marrow transplant (replacement of unhealthy spongy tissue inside the bones with healthy tissue).

Fluconazole is also used to treat meningitis (infection of the membranes covering the brain and spine ) caused by fungus.

It is commonly marketed under the trade name Diflucan® (Pfizer).

Other uses for this medicine

Fluconazole is sometimes used to prevent fungal infections in people who are likely to become infected because they have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), cancer, or have had a transplant operation (surgery to remove an organ and replace it with a donor or artificial organ).

Before taking this medication, however, please talk with your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition.

Dosage and using this medicine

Fluconazole comes in a tablet and liquid form to be taken by mouth.

Take fluconazole exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Your doctor may tell you to take a double dose of fluconazole on the first day of your treatment. Follow these directions carefully.

It is usually taken once a day.

Shake the liquid well before each use to mix the medication evenly.

Continue to take fluconazole even if you feel well and never stop taking fluconazole without first talking with your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING FLUCONAZOLE:

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to fluconazole, other antifungal medications such as itraconazole (Sporanox®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), or voriconazole (Vfend®) or any other medications.

Do not take cisapride (Propulsid®) while taking fluconazole.

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking, especially amiodarone (Cordarone®); anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin®); astemizole (Hismanal®, which is not available in the United States); benzodiazepines such as midazolam (Versed®); cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®); disopyramide (Norpace®); diuretics (‘water pills’) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL®, Microzide®); dofetilide (Tikosyn®); erythromycin (E.E.S®, E-Mycin®, Erythrocin®); isoniazid (INH®, Nydrazid®); moxifloxacin (Avelox®); oral contraceptives (birth control pills); oral medicine for diabetes such as glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase, Glycron, others), and tolbutamide (Orinase®); phenytoin (Dilantin®); pimozide (Orap®); procainamide (Procanbid®, Pronestyl®); quinidine (Quinidex®); rifabutin (Mycobutin®); rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®); sotalolol (Betapace®); sparfloxacin (Zagam®); tacrolimus (Prograf®); terfenadine (Seldane®, which is not available in the United States); theophylline (TheoDur®); thioridazine (Mellaril®); valproic acid (Depakene®, Depakote®); and zidovudine (Retrovir®).

Tell your doctor if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had cancer, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), an irregular heartbeat, or heart, kidney or liver disease.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking fluconazole, please call your doctor.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose as directed.

Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Some side effects from using fluconazole include:

headache
diarrhea
nausea or upset stomach
dizziness
stomach pain
changes in the way food tastes

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

upset stomach
loss of appetite
altered taste
diarrhea or loose stools
headache
dizziness
fatigue

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

rash
itching
vomiting
yellowing of the skin or eyes
dark urine
pale stools

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed, and dispose of any unused liquid medication after 14 days.

Should you have any queries, please talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose, please call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, then call the local emergency services on 911 immediately.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

confusion
hallucinations
paranoia
decreased movement
decreased breathing
tearing eyes
drooling
urinary incontinence
seizures

Product Images

PICTURES OF FLUCONAZOLE PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of fluconazole that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: DIFLUCAN®
Strength(s): 50 MG
Imprint: DIFLUCAN 50 | ROERIG
Manufacturer: PFIZER US PHARM.

Name: FLUCONAZOLE
Strength(s): 100 MG
Imprint: GG 796
Manufacturer: SANDOZ

Name: FLUCONAZOLE
Strength(s): 100 MG
Imprint: N 551 | 100
Manufacturer: TEVA USA

Name: DIFLUCAN®
Strength(s): 150 MG
Imprint: DIFLUCAN 150 | ROERIG
Manufacturer: PFIZER US PHARM.

Name: DIFLUCAN®
Strength(s): 150 MG
Imprint: DIFLUCAN 150 | ROERIG
Distributor: PHARMA PAC

Name: FLUCONAZOLE
Strength(s): 150 MG
Imprint: N 548 | 150
Manufacturer: TEVA USA

Name: DIFLUCAN®
Strength(s): 200 MG
Imprint: DIFLUCAN 200 | ROERIG
Manufacturer: PFIZER US PHARM.

Name: FLUCONAZOLE
Strength(s): 200 MG
Imprint: GG 798
Manufacturer: SANDOZ

Name: FLUCONAZOLE
Strength(s): 200 MG
Imprint: N 552 | 200
Manufacturer: TEVA USA

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