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Generic name: fluconazole [floo-KOE-na-zole]
Drug class: Azole antifungals

What is Diflucan?

Diflucan is an oral (taken through the mouth) antifungal drug. Diflucan is available in tablet form or in a suspension for oral use (liquid). Diflucan can be used to treat the effects of fungi that can infect any area of the body, such as the throat and mouth, as well as the esophagus and lungs. the genital region, bladder, and blood vessels. Diflucan can also be utilized to stop fungal infections in people with an insufficient immune system, which is caused by cancer treatment, bone marrow transplants, or other diseases like AIDS Diflucan can also be used to combat a certain kind of meningitis for those suffering from HIV and AIDS.


Other medications may create dangerous or unwelcome consequences when taken together with Diflucan,especially cisapride, quinidine, pimozide, erythromycin, astemizole, and higher dosages of terfenadine, as well as other drugs that are degraded by specific enzymes affected by fluconazole. Inform your health professionals about all medications you are currently taking and all medicines that you discontinue or change the dosage of.

Before you take Diflucan, consult your physician to see if you suffer from kidney disease, liver disease, an irregular heartbeat, have a previous history of Long QT syndrome, or have a history of Long QT syndrome.

Use this medication for the entire prescribed duration. The symptoms could improve before the infection is completely gone. In addition, skipping doses could increase the risk of a subsequent infection that is not able to be treated with antifungal medications. Fluconazole is not able to cure viral infections like the common flu or cold.

Before you take this drug

Do not take Diflucan in case you have an allergy to fluconazole.

A variety of drugs interact and create dangerous adverse effects. Certain drugs shouldn't be combined with fluconazole. Your doctor could alter your treatment regimen in the event that you are using any of the following:

  • Methadone, fentanyl, cisapride, pimozide, tofacitinib, the vitamin Tolvaptan, or A supplement
  • An anti-biotic antifungal, antifungal, or antiviral medication;
  • A blood thinner
  • Medicine for cancer
  • The cholesterol-lowering medication
  • Oral diabetes medicine;
  • Heart or blood pressure medication;
  • Medicine for malaria or tuberculosis;
  • Medication to avoid rejection of organ transplants
  • Medicines used to cure depressive symptoms and mental illnesses
  • An NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication)
  • Seizure medicine; or
  • Steroid medicine.

To be sure Diflucan is suitable for you, inform your doctor if you ever experience:

  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Low levels of potassium present in your blood.
  • Heart issues heart problems
  • If you're allergic to other antifungal medications (such as miconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, and many more),

The liquid version of Diflucan includes sucrose. Consult your physician before taking Diflucan oral suspension if you are having trouble digesting milk or sugars.

Fluconazole could cause harm to an unborn baby. Use effective birth control measures to avoid the possibility of pregnancy while taking this medication, and at least for a week following your last dose. Inform your doctor when you begin to become pregnant.

Check with your doctor for advice on whether it is safe to breastfeed while taking this medication.

Similar/related drugs

fluconazole, Nystatin, Topical Nystatin, Clotrimazole Topical, Clotrimazole, Ketoconazole, and Itraconazole

How to take Diflucan?

Consume Diflucan exactly as directed by your physician. Follow the directions on your prescription label, and go through all the medication guides or instructions sheets.

The dose you are given will depend on the condition you're treating. Vaginal infections are usually treated with just one pill. For other infections, the first dosage could be an additional dose. Be sure to follow the instructions of your doctor. You can use diflucan in combination with food or not. Make sure to shake off the oral suspension (liquid) prior to using it to determine a dose. Utilize the dosing syringe that comes with a dosage-measuring device (not the kitchen spoon).

Make sure to take Diflucan for the entire prescribed duration of time, regardless of whether your symptoms begin to improve. Not taking your doses regularly can increase the chances of developing an infection resistant to treatment. Fluconazole cannot treat the symptoms of a viral disease like the flu or a typical cold.

Consult your physician if symptoms don't improve or if they become worse. Keep it at room temperature, far from heat and moisture. Avoid freezing. You can keep oral suspensions between the temperatures of 86 F (30 C) and 41 F (5 C); however, you should not freeze them. Get rid of any remaining liquid that is more than two weeks old.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you can; however, take a break from any missed doses if it's close to the time for the next dose. Do not take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately, or contact us for help at the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. The symptoms of an overdose could include confusion, unusual thoughts, or unusual behaviors.

What should be avoided?

Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities until you are aware of the effects of this medication on your body. The way you react could be affected.

Side effects of Diflucan

See a doctor immediately when you notice symptoms warnings of an allergy reaction (Difflucan) (hives or breathing problems and swelling of your throat or face) or an extreme skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burnt eyes, irritation, and an ailment that is purple or red with peeling and blisters).

Contact your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Heartbeats that are fast or rapid; the chest fluttering and breathlessness; and abrupt fainting (like you're about to pass out);
  • Seizure (convulsions);
  • Reduced the hormones of your adrenal glands, nausea or vomiting, stomach discomfort, and loss of appetite. Feelig tired or lightheaded, joint or muscle inflammation, skin discoloration, wanting salty foods,
  • Skin lesions or a rash;
  • Liver issues nausea, abdominal discomfort (upper right side) fatigue, itching and dark urine, stools that are clay-colored, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).

Common diflucan adverse effects could include:

  • Nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, upset stomach;
  • Headache;
  • Dizziness; or
  • Shifts in your sense of tast

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drug

It is sometimes not safe to take certain medications simultaneously. Certain drugs may affect the blood levels and the other medications you are taking, which could create side effects or render the drugs less effective.

Fluconazole may cause serious heart conditions. Your risk may be greater if you utilize other medicines to treat diseases such as asthma, heart issues, high blood pressure, mental illness, depression, malaria, cancer, or HIV.

A variety of drugs can interact with fluconazole, and certain medications should not be used together. Discuss with your doctor all the medications you are currently taking as well as any medication you are about to start or stop taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and herbs. There are not all the interactions mentioned here.