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DIFLUCAN

Diflucan is an antifungal antibiotic medication. There are many types of fungus that can affect the human body. Fungus can also affect various areas of the human body. Fungus can invade the mouth, throat, lungs, esophagus, bladder, the blood and the genitals. Common fungal infection includes vaginal yeast infections.

People with weak immune systems due to cancer treatment or diseases such as AIDS are more likely to develop fungal infections because of weak immune systems. Fungal infections are fairly treatable conditions, but they can also be reoccurring and usually require medical attention for proper diagnosis.

Patients receiving a diagnosis that is positive for fungus usually receive some form of medication to treat the condition and Diflucan is a very popular choice among physicians.

Diflucan Warnings and Precautions

Patients taking the drug cisapride should not take Diflucan due to the risk of a very serious interaction. Patients should report all medications they are currently taking to their doctor or their pharmacist as drugs other than Diflucan can cause irregular heart rhythm. Patients should not take Diflucan with other medications that can cause an irregular heart rhythm such as amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, qyinidine, sotalol, macrolide antibiotics and some others. Patients should also tell their doctor or pharmacist if they are taking rifamycins or warfarin.

Diflucan can affect how other drugs work because the use of Diflucan can slow the removal of other medications from the body. The drugs that Diflucan affects in this way include immune system drugs, some calcium channel blockers, some cholesterol medications, some drugs that treat diabetes, some anti seizure medications and zidovudine.

Diflucan Uses

The primary use of Diflucan is to treat fungal infections. The most common condition that doctors prescribe Diflucan for is vaginal yeast infections.

Diflucan Side Effects

Common side effects of Diflucan are vomiting, stomach upset and stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache and dizziness. More serious side effects include severe dizziness, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat. Patients who experience any of the more serious side effects or has any of the more common side effects for a long period of time.

Other possible side effects, although rare, include serious and even fatal liver disease, severe stomach and abdominal pain, persistent vomiting and nausea, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine or feeling unusually tired.

Occasionally serious allergic reactions can develop while taking Diflucan. Symptoms of allergic reaction to Diflucan include rash, swelling or itching particularly of the tongue, throat or face, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.

Diflucan Interactions

Patients should tell their doctor or pharmacist of any and all medications they are taking including over the counter medications and herbal remedies so as to avoid any possible dangerous drug interactions.

Patients currently taking cisapride should not take Diflucan due to the risk of a very serious interaction.

Diflucan can cause irregular heartbeat. Other drugs that can cause irregular heartbeat include dofetilide, pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, amiodarone, procainamide and macrolide antibiotics. Taking any of the above medications along with Diflucan can increase the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat.

Patients should tell their doctor or pharmacist if they are taking rifamycins or warfarin. In addition, Diflucan can impact the way certain medications work in the body due to Diflucan causing the body to slow the removal of other medications from the body, these drugs include drugs that affect the immune system, amitriptyline, some calcium channel blockers, some drugs that treat diabetes, some benzodiazepines, some anti-seizure medications and zidovudine.

Diflucan Overdose

Overdose of Diflucan is not very common. Symptoms of Diflucan overdose include hallucinations and changes in behavior. If there is suspicion of a Diflucan overdose patients should contact their local poison control or their physician immediately to begin treatment for the overdose if necessary.


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