Fluconazole Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is fluconazole used for?
Fluconazole is used to treat fungal infections caused by various species of fungi. It is commonly used to treat vaginal yeast infections, oral and oesophageal candidiasis, and systemic fungal infections like cryptococcal meningitis.
How does fluconazole work?
Fluconazole works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, a crucial component of fungal cell membranes. Without ergosterol, the fungal cell membranes become weakened, leading to cell death and ultimately killing the fungus.
Is fluconazole an antibiotic?
No, fluconazole is not an antibiotic. It is an antifungal medication specifically designed to treat fungal infections.
Can I use fluconazole for bacterial infections?
No, fluconazole is not effective against bacterial infections. It is only effective against fungal infections.
How is fluconazole taken?
Fluconazole can be taken orally in the form of tablets or suspension. It is also available as an intravenous (IV) solution for severe infections. The dosage and duration of treatment will vary depending on the type and severity of the fungal infection.
Can fluconazole be used to treat nail fungus (onychomycosis)?
Yes, fluconazole can be used to treat nail fungus, but it is not the first-line treatment for onychomycosis. Other antifungal medications, such as terbinafine or itraconazole, are often preferred for nail fungus infections.
Is fluconazole safe during pregnancy?
Fluconazole should be used with caution during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. High-dose or long-term use of fluconazole may be associated with an increased risk of birth defects. Pregnant women should consult their healthcare provider before taking fluconazole.
Are there any side effects of fluconazole?
Common side effects of fluconazole may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, and stomach pain. In rare cases, it can cause serious allergic reactions or liver problems. If you experience any unusual symptoms while taking fluconazole, seek medical attention promptly.
Can fluconazole interact with other medications?
Yes, fluconazole may interact with other medications. It is essential to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications and supplements you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.
Is a prescription required to buy fluconazole?
Yes, fluconazole is a prescription medication and is not available over-the-counter. You will need a prescription from a healthcare provider to obtain this medication.
Please note that the information provided here is for general knowledge purposes only, and you should always follow the advice of your pharmacist regarding the use of fluconazole or any other medication. If you have any questions please contact us