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Diflucan

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Diflucan is an antifungal drug. Diflucan is prescribed to treat or prevent certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
Diflucan is prescribed to treat fungal infections, including yeast infections of:
- Abdomen (area between the chest and waist),;
- Blood;
- Esophagus (tube leading from the mouth to the stomach);
- Lungs;
- Mouth;
- Other organs;
- The vagina;
- Throat;

Diflucan is prescribed to treat meningitis (infection of the membranes covering the brain and spine) caused by fungus.
Diflucan is in a class of antifungals called triazoles.
Diflucan is prescribed 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).
Diflucan works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection.

Contraindications

Diflucan is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Electrolyte abnormalities;
- History of irregular heart beat;
- Kidney disease;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Diflucan, other azole antifungals, drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Breast-feeding;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Diflucan other antifungal medications such as itraconazole (Sporanox) ketoconazole (Nizoral) or voriconazole (Vfend) or any other medications;
- Do not take cisapride (Propulsid) while taking Diflucan;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications vitamins nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking especially amiodarone (Cordarone) anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin) astemizole (Hismanal) (not available in the United States) benzodiazepines such as midazolam (Versed)cyclosporine (Neoral Sandimmune) disopyramide (Norpace) diuretics ('water pills') such as hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDIURIL Microzide);
- 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;

Interactions

Do not take Diflucan with any of the following drugs:
- Cisapride;
- Pimozide;
- Red yeast rice;
- Birth control pills;
- Cyclosporine;
- Diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide;
- Drugs for diabetes that are taken by mouth;
- Drugs for high cholesterol like atorvastatin, lovastatin or simvastatin;
- Phenytoin;
- Ramelteon;
- Rifabutin;
- Rifampin;
- Some drugs for anxiety or sleep;
- Tacrolimus;
- Terfenadine;
- Theophylline;
- Warfarin;

Side Effects

Diflucan side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat;
- Dark urine;
- Feeling dizzy or faint;
- Irregular heartbeat or chest pain;
- Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth;
- Trouble breathing;
- Unusual bruising or bleeding;
- Vomiting;
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin;
- Changes in how food tastes;
- Diarrhea;
- Headache;
- Stomach upset or nausea;
- Headache;
- Dizziness;
- Diarrhea;
- Stomach pain;
- Heartburn;
- Change in ability to taste food;
- Upset stomach;
- Extreme tiredness;
- Unusual bruising or bleeding;
- Lack of energy;
- Loss of appetite;
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach;
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Dark urine;
- Pale stools;
- Seizures;
- Rash;
- Hives;
- Itching;
- Swelling of the face throat tongue lips eyes hands feet ankles or lower legs;
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing;

Overdose

Reported Diflucan overdose symptoms are:
- Hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist);

Dosage

ADULTS

For vaginal infections

The usual treatment is a single 150-mg dose.

For throat infections

The usual dose for candidiasis of the mouth and throat is 200 mg on the first day, followed by 100 mg once a day. You should see results in a few days, but treatment should continue for at least 2 weeks to avoid a relapse. For candidiasis of the esophagus (gullet) the usual dose is 200 mg on the first day, followed by 100 mg once a day. A dose of 400 mg a day can also be taken if your infection is more severe. Treatment should continue for a minimum of 3 weeks and for at least 2 weeks after symptoms have stopped.

For systemic (bodywide) infections

Doses of up to 400 mg per day are sometimes prescribed.

For urinary infections and peritonitis

Doses range from 50 to 200 mg per day.

For cryptococcal meningitis

The usual dose is 400 mg on the first day, followed by 200 mg once a day. Treatment should continue for 10 to 12 weeks once tests of spinal fluid come back negative. For AIDS patients, a 200-mg dose taken once a day is recommended to prevent relapse.

Prevention of candidiasis during bone marrow transplantation

The usual dose is 400 mg once a day.

If you have kidney disease, your doctor may have to reduce your dosage.

CHILDREN

For throat infections

The usual dose for candidiasis of the mouth and throat is 6 mg for each 2.2 pounds of the child's weight on the first day, and 3 mg per 2.2 pounds once a day after that.

The duration of treatment is the same as that for adults.

For yeast infections of the esophagus

Cadidiasis in the upper digestive canal is usually treated with a dose of 6 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight on the first day, and half that amount once daily thereafter. Daily doses of up to 12 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight are sometimes prescribed.

For systemic (bodywide) infections

The drug has been given at 6 to 12 mg per 2.2 pounds of weight per day.

For cryptococcal meningitis

The usual dose is 12 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day on the first day, and 6 mg per 2.2 pounds per day after that. Treatment will last 10 to 12 weeks after the fungus disappears.
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