Fluconazole is an oral medication that is used to treat yeast infections, commonly known as thrush, caused by the candida fungus. It is used to treat a variety of fungal infections, including vaginal and oral thrush.
Fluconazole is an antifungal medicine that essentially works by killing yeast and fungal cells. They produce something called ergosterol which keeps the yeast active, causing it to develop. Fluconazole stops this substance from being produced, killing off the cells and clears the infection.
Fluconazole will usually clear up 80-95% of yeast infections. However, it may not work for everyone, so your doctor might need to prescribe an additional treatment if Fluconazole was unsuccessful.
Fluconazole in the active ingredient in the medication.
The other ingredients include: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, maize starch, sodium laurilsulfate, colloidal anhydrous silica and magnesium stearate.
Please Note: Different generic brands of Fluconazole may contain different inactive ingredients.
Fluconazole 150mg should be taken once a day for the duration of your treatment and is most effective when you stick to the same time each day.
The dose you are given will depend on what type of infection you are being treated for. Always take the amount specified by your doctor. For thrush, typically you will need to take one capsule a week.
Fluconazole should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. It should not be crushed or split.
Not everyone will experience adverse effects from taking Fluconazole but common side effects may include:
Less common side effects may include:
Rare side effects which may need medical attention include:
You shouldn't take Fluconazole if:
Consult your doctor if any of the following circumstances apply to you:
There are certain types of medication which can interact with Fluconazole. These include:
You should not use Fluconazole during pregnancy unless your doctor has specified that it is safe.
Fluconazole does not impact either your contraception or your fertility.
Fluconazole is known as a Triazole Antifungal. There are other versions of this type of medication available which include Itraconazole, Posaconazole and Voriconazole.
Fluconazole 150mg and Canesten are shown to have similar results when treating the symptoms of thrush. Canesten is usually given to treat vaginal thrush whereas Fluconazole treats a variety of different yeast infections so the best treatment will depend on what type of infection you have. Canesten comes in a pessary format along with a cream to soothe external itching so this can offer fast relief from the discomfort.
Fluconazole is available to buy over the counter from certain pharmacies, Canesten is the most readily available type of Fluconazole to purchase.
Fluconazole will usually start to work after three days and you can expect your symptoms to clear up after seven days. If this doesn't happen, you may need to see your doctor so they can assess your symptoms and rule out other conditions that may be causing them. Aspects of your lifestyle can also leave you prone to yeast infections. For example, wearing clothing that allows your skin to breathe, using a PH balanced soap and washing regularly.
Fluconazole is an antifungal treatment, it is not classed as an antibiotic.
Fluconazole can be used to treat athlete's foot and other skin infections. If you do have athlete's foot, it is recommended that you use a treatment designed for athlete's foot. You should not use treatments for conditions thye were not prescribed for, unless you have discussed this with your doctor.
Fluconazole can also help to treat fungal nails. If you have got a fungal nail infection, you should use a treatment designed for fungal nails. You should not use treatments that have been prescribed for other purposes without first checking this with your doctor.
Fluconazole is not a steroid, it is an antifungal treatment.