Diflucan is an antifungal medication that is also known as fluconazole and is used to treat and prevent minor fungal infections. It is sold as a white crystal-like powder and is soluble in alcohol and slightly soluble in water. It is most commonly used to treat fungal infections of the vagina (yeast infection), esophagus, urinary tract, lungs, mouth (thrush).
How It Works
Diflucan can be used to treat a wide variety of fungal infections by preventing the fungi that cause the infections from reproducing. This prevents the infection from spreading, and eventually the fungi die, enabling the infection to clear.
Benefits Of Diflucan
- Treats minor fungal infections
- Treats cryptopcoccal meningitis
- Decreases the risk of candidiasis infection in people who have had bone marrow transplants and undergone radiation therapy or chemotherapy
Diflucan is available as an IV treatment, powder for oral suspension or 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg or 200 mg tablets. Your doctor will help you determine what dosage to take based on various factors such as your weight and the type and severity of the fungal infection. However, you should never exceed 600 mg daily or take more than your prescribed dosage of the medication. Also be sure to continue taking all of the medication if your symptoms start to disappear, and never take a double dose if you happen to miss one.
Possible Side Effects
The most common reported side effects of taking diflucan include skin rashes, stomach pain, vomiting, headaches and diarrhea. Make sure to visit your doctor if you suffer from a loss of appetite, chills and fever, bleeding or signs of liver problems such as dark urine, yellow skin or pale stools.