Diflucan is an antibiotic that kills fungi and helps to get rid of infections that are caused by fungi. Specifically, it belongs to a group of antifungal medications known as triazoles. These fungal infections can affect any part of the body but are especially prevalent in the throat, lungs, bladder, blood, mouth and esophagus. Diflucan can even be used in the treatment of one of the most life-threatening fungal infections of all, meningitis. Meningitis is an infection affecting the membranes which surround a person’s spinal column and brain.
Diflucan is an especially important drug for people who have immune system diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and for people whose immune systems have been compromised by transplants or cancer treatments. It allows them to fight of the fungi that their bodies can no longer fight off on their own. Note that this medication only fights fungal infections, and not viral infections like the common cold.
Diflucan can come in pill form or in the form of a suspension liquid. If you take a pill, be sure to take as many pills as often as your doctor prescribes. Some infections, such as vaginal infections, often require fewer pills than other kinds of infections. If you get the liquid form of this medication, you will want to shake the liquid well before you pour out each dosage to ensure an even distribution of the liquid’s contents. Measuring out this liquid must be done precisely, and for that reason you’ll need a special measuring spoon or cup. You must keep taking this medication for as long as it has been prescribed to you, even if the symptoms of your fungal infection clear up before your prescription runs out.
Be careful how you store your Diflucan. You don’t want it to freeze, but you also don’t want it to get too hot. For that reason, you can keep this medicine in your refrigerator or somewhere in your home where it will be at room temperature. If you have liquid medication, do not keep it for longer than two weeks.
Your doctor may decide not to give you Diflucan if you have an irregular heart rhythm, liver or kidney disease, or any family history of Long QT syndrome. If you are pregnant, you will want to get careful instructions on how to take Diflucan from your doctor. In most cases, one dose of this medication will pose no threat to an unborn baby, and sometimes women with a vaginal yeast infection who are pregnant will take a single dosage of Diflucan. However, taking too much of this medicine, or taking it for too long a period of time, can be dangerous to a fetus. Likewise, your doctor may not allow you to breastfeed while you’re on this medication.
Dietary restrictions, and restrictions on activities, will vary from patient to patient when it comes to Diflucan usage, but be certain to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. You’ll also want to call your doctor the instant you notice such major side effects of this drug as high fever, unexplainable bleeding, skin peeling, jaundice, seizures or convulsions. Fortunately, none of these side effects are likely to occur. Also, if you suddenly feel confused after taking your dosage of this drug, that can be an indication that you took too much of it, at which point you should also get emergency medical help. Example of possible Diflucan side effects that don’t require medical attention are a headache, mild dizziness or nausea, diarrhea or a nasty taste in your mouth, especially right after you take this medicine. The only time to be worried about any of these side effects is when they don’t disappear after a while.