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Treating thrush in women
Taken by mouth, fluconazole treats the fungal infection, vaginal thrush, which is caused by a tiny yeast called Candida.
Treating thrush in men
Taken by mouth, fluconazole treats the fungal infection, penile thrush (candidal balanitis), which is caused by a tiny yeast called Candida.
The complete course of treatment for thrush is one capsule. (If both you and your partner are treating thrush with fluconazole, it is necessary to take one capsule each.)
Take by mouth with a drink of water at any time of day, with or without food. You should notice an improvement in a day or two and be clear within a week.
Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within one week.
Fluconazole is an antifungal agent which is active against the yeast called Candida.
There have also been rare reports of headache, dizziness, blood, heart or liver disorders, seizure, hair loss, rash, severer peeling and blistering of the skin, jaundice (e.g. yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), changes in taste perception, elevated levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood and low levels of potassium in the blood.
A few people develop allergic reactions to medicines. If you experience difficulty with breathing, facial swelling or general itchiness, consult your doctor immediately.
If notice these or any other side-effects you should contact your doctor
Do not take fluconazole:
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in fluconazole or other antifungals and other thrush treatments, or have previously had a rash after taking fluconazole.
- If you are taking either terfenadine (an antihistamine) or cisapride (for indigestion).
- Speak to your doctor before you take fluconazole:
- If you are under 16 or over 60 years of age
- If you have had thrush more than twice in the last six months
- If you suffer from heart disease including heart rhythm problems
- If you have low potassium, magnesium or calcium in your blood (ask your doctor if you are not sure)
- If you have any disease or illness affecting your liver or have had unexplained jaundice
- If you suffer from any other chronic disease or illness
- If you or your partner have had exposure to a sexually transmitted disease
- If you are unsure about the cause of your symptoms
- Women only
- If you are pregnant, suspect you might be pregnant or are breast feeding
- lf you have any abnormal or irregular vaginal bleeding or a blood stained discharge
- If you have vulval or vaginal sores, ulcers or blisters
- If you are experiencing lower abdominal pain or burning on passing urine
- Men only
- If your sexual partner does not have vaginal thrush
- If you have penile sores, ulcers or blisters
- If you have abnormal penile discharge (leakage)
- If your penis starts to smell
- If you have pain passing urine
- Inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- Anticoagulants such as warfarin or coumarin drugs (to prevent blood clots)
- Oral sulphonylureas such as chlorpropmide, gibenclamide, glipizide or tolbutamide (to control diabetes)
- Diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide toted to treat fluid retention and high blood pressure)
- Benzodiazepines (used to treat insomnia and epilepsy)
- Phenytoin (used so treat epilepsy and neuropathic pain)
- Rifampicin and rifabutin (antibiotics)
- Tacrolimus and ciclosprin (used to affect the immune response and treat eczema and psoriasis)
- Theophylline (used to control asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Astemizole (an antihistamine)
- Oral contraceptives (the Pill)
- Zidovudine, also known as AZT (used in HIV-infected patients)
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