What is Diflucan?
Diflucan is an antifungal antibiotic that is used to treat infections caused by fungus in a variety of places in the body including the mouth, throat, esophagus, lungs, bladder, genital area, and the blood.
Diflucancan be prescribed to prevent fungal infection in people with weak immune systems patients undergoing cancer treatment, bone marrow transplant, or suffering from immune-system related diseases such as AIDS.
You should not take Diflucan if you are allergic to its primary ingredient, fluconazole, or similar drugs that include Lotrimin (clotrimazole), Spectazole (econazole), Nizoral (ketoconazole), Monistat (miconazole), Ertaczo (sertaconazole), Exelderm (sulconazole), Terazol (terconazole), Vagistat-1(tioconazole), or Vfend (voriconazole). Do not use Diflucan if you are also taking Propulsid (cisapride) or Seldane (terfenadine).
Alert your doctor prior to treatment if you have liver disease, kidney disease, a heart rhythm disorder, or a history of “Long QT” syndrome.
It is important that you take this medication for the entire prescription as your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.
What should I know before taking Diflucan?
The dosage prescribed by your doctor will depend upon the type of fungal infection you are treating. For example, vaginal infections are often treated with only one pill while other infections may require a double dose at first. Regardless of your dosage, carefully follow the instructions provided to you by your doctor and tell your doctor if your conditions do not improve.
Store Diflucan tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat. If you are taking the liquid version, you may want to store it in the refrigerator being careful not to let it freeze. Any remaining liquid that is over 2 weeks old should be discarded.
The primary ingredient in Diflucan is fluconazole.
How it Works
Diflucan works by destroying the fungal infection in the body and preventing its growth.
Prior to treatment with Diflucan, you should tell your doctor if you are currently undergoing treatment with any of the following medications as they may prevent you from using Diflucan or may require a dosage adjustment:
• seizure medication such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or valproic acid (Depakene);
• cyclosporine (Gengraf, Sandimmune, Neoral);
• an oral diabetes medicine such as glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase, Glynase), tolbutamide (Orinase), tolazamide (Tolinase), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), and others;
• a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
• a sedative such as diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), or midazolam (Versed);
• clopidogrel (Plavix);
• rifabutin (Mycobutin) or rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane);
• tacrolimus(Prograf); or
• theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theolair, Theochron, Elixophyllin, Slo-Phyllin, others).
This list is not comprehensive. You should alert your doctor of any other medications that you are taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal products. It is also recommended that you not start taking any new medications without first discussing with your doctor.