Type to search

 

ADVERTISEMENT

General Health Info

Fluconazole: Proper Use and Possible Side Effects!

visibility2772
Fluconazole: Proper Use and Possible Side Effects!

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Shake the oral liquid well before each use. Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (suspension or tablets):
    • For cryptococcal meningitis:
      • Adults—400 milligrams (mg) on the first day, followed by 200 mg once a day for at least 10 to 12 weeks. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children 6 months to 13 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 12 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight on the first day, followed by 6 mg per kg of body weight once a day, for at least 10 to 12 weeks.
      • Children younger than 6 months of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For esophageal candidiasis:
      • Adults—200 milligrams (mg) on the first day, followed by 100 mg once a day for at least 3 weeks. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.
      • Children 6 months to 13 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 6 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight on the first day, followed by 3 mg per kg of body weight once a day, for at least 3 weeks.
      • Children younger than 6 months of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For oropharyngeal candidiasis:
      • Adults—200 milligrams (mg) on the first day, followed by 100 mg once a day for at least 2 weeks.
      • Children 6 months to 13 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 6 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight on the first day, followed by 3 mg per kg of body weight once a day, for at least 2 weeks.
      • Children younger than 6 months of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For other infections that may occur in different parts of the body:
      • Adults—Doses of up to 400 milligrams (mg) per day.
      • Children 6 months to 13 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 6 to 12 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day.
      • Children younger than 6 months of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For prevention of candidiasis during bone marrow transplantation:
      • Adults—400 milligrams (mg) once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For urinary tract infections or peritonitis:
      • Adults—50 to 200 milligrams (mg) per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For vaginal candidiasis:
      • Adults—150 milligrams (mg) once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

 

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

The mixed oral liquid should be kept in the refrigerator or at room temperature and used within 14 days. Do not freeze.

Side effects of Fluconazole

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare

  1. Chills
  2. clay-colored stools
  3. cough
  4. dark urine
  5. diarrhea
  6. difficulty with swallowing
  7. dizziness
  8. fast heartbeat
  9. fever
  10. general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  11. headache
  12. hives, itching, or skin rash
  13. large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  14. light-colored stools
  15. loss of appetite
  16. nausea
  17. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  18. stomach pain, continuing
  19. tightness in the chest
  20. unpleasant breath odor
  21. unusual tiredness or weakness
  22. upper right abdominal or stomach pain
  23. vomiting
  24. vomiting of blood
  25. yellow eyes and skin

Incidence not known

  1. Black, tarry stools
  2. blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  3. chest pain or discomfort
  4. decreased urine
  5. dry mouth
  6. fainting
  7. hoarseness
  8. increased thirst
  9. irregular or slow heart rate
  10. joint or muscle pain
  11. loss of bladder control
  12. lower back or side pain
  13. mood changes
  14. muscle pain or cramps
  15. muscle spasm or jerking of the arms and legs
  16. numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  17. painful or difficult urination
  18. pale skin
  19. red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  20. red, irritated eyes
  21. seizures
  22. sore throat
  23. sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  24. sudden loss of consciousness
  25. swollen glands
  26. unusual bleeding or bruising

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

  1. Fearfulness, suspiciousness, or other mental changes
  2. seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  1. Belching
  2. change in taste or bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  3. heartburn
  4. indigestion
  5. stomach discomfort or upset

Incidence not known

  1. Hair loss or thinning of the hair

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Did this information help you? Please SHARE with others, leave your COMMENTS and QUESTIONS or SUBSCRIBE! Thank You for visiting!

Tags:
MaPomDen.com

MaPomDen.com is Ghana’s Health Hub Spearheaded by Dr. Frank Dartey Amankonah (Dr. Doo), a Medical Doctor with extensive Healthcare experience and WordPress skills, and works for a Mission Hospital in Ghana.His main aim is to bring Health education to all and sundry and make people comfortable to ask their health-related questions freely and a friendly way to understand their conditions.Dr. Frank A Dartey has B.Sc. Human Biology (2009) and MBChB (2012) from the School of Medical Sciences (SMS)- KNUST, Ghana.

  • 1

Please Share Your Thoughts:

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of