Diflucan is a prescription drug used to treat vaginal candidiasis, as well as cryptoccocal meningitis, esophageal candidiasis and oropharyngeal candidiasis. It is also used to help reduce the possibility of getting candidiasis for patients who are receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy and radiation therapy and who are also getting bone marrow transplants.
Diflucan comes in either liquid or oral tablet form. It is taken by mouth once daily. Follow the instructions given in the prescription label. Shake the liquid well to make sure that the components are well-distributed. Continue taking until you finish your treatment course even if you feel better before the end of the duration.
Tell your doctor about your full medical history because you may need dose adjustments or treatment monitoring. Do not combine Diflucan with Cisapride (Propulsid) as the result can be fatal. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding as the effects of Diflucan on the unborn child and the breastfeeding infant.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember but skip it if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose.
Call a doctor at once if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction. Diflucan may also cause milder side effects such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, itching, nausea and vomiting. A serious side effect is liver damage.
Store Diflucan tablets at temperatures below 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Injections, however, should be stored at temperatures between 41 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not freeze any of the forms of medication and store them in airtight containers.
Immediately seek emergency medical attention if you suspect an overdose. Symptoms of overdose may include breathing problems, confusion, drooling, hallucinations, paranoia, seizures and urinary incontinence. The worst case scenario will result in death.
Be careful when using Diflucan while performing potentially dangerous activities, especially when drinking alcohol. Diflucan can cause dizziness.