In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02245293 ||MYLAN-FLUCONAZOLE 100MG TABLET|
|02245292 ||MYLAN-FLUCONAZOLE 50MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Fluconazole belongs to a group of medications known as antifungals. It is most commonly used to treat fungal infections of the mouth (thrush), esophagus (the tube that takes food from the throat to the stomach), lungs, urinary tract, and vagina (yeast infection). It works by preventing the fungi that are causing infection from reproducing and the infection from continuing. The fungi then die off, causing the infection to clear.
It is also used to treat cryptopcoccal meningitis and prevent the recurrence of cryptococcal meningitis in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and to decrease the risk of candidiasis infection in people undergoing bone marrow transplants who are treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
To treat thrush (yeast infection of the mouth and throat), the recommended adult dose is 100 mg taken by mouth once daily for at least 2 weeks.
To treat esophageal candidiasis (yeast infection of the tube leading to the stomach), the recommended adult dose ranges from 100 mg to 200 mg taken daily for at least 3 weeks. Fluconazole must be taken for at least 2 weeks after the symptoms of the infection resolve to prevent the infection from returning.
To treat yeast infection that has spread throughout the body (disseminated yeast infection), the recommended adult dose of fluconazole is 200 mg to 400 mg once daily, for at least 4 weeks. Again, this medication must be taken for at least 2 weeks after the symptoms of the infection resolve to prevent the infection from returning.
To treat cryptococcal meningitis, the recommended dose of fluconazole is 200 mg to 400 mg once daily. Fluconazole should be taken for at least 10 weeks when treating this condition. To prevent cruptococcal meningitis, 200 mg taken once daily is recommended.
Childrens' doses are based on the child's body weight and will be calculated by the prescriber. A child's dose should not exceed 12 mg per kilogram of body weight.
Doses greater than 600 mg daily are not recommended for adults or children.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is very important to take this medication on a regular schedule as prescribed by the doctor. Continue to take the full course of this medication even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each pink, rectangular, biconvex tablet with "G" on one side and "FL" over "50" on the other side, contains fluconazole 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and povidone.
Each pink, rectangular, biconvex tablet with "G" on one side and "FL" over "100" on the other side, contains fluconazole 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and povidone.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Fluconazole should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to fluconazole or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is taking the medication cisapride
- is taking the medication terfenadine when fluconazole is taken in doses greater than 400 mg daily