Fluconazole is a medication used to treat fungal infections, including those of the skin such as Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm.
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Fluconazole is a treatment for fungal infections. It is the generic version of the medication known as Diflucan and is made by Teva. The administration of this capsule will depend on the nature of the infection. For those affecting the skin, such as Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm, a typical dose might be one tablet per day for a duration of 6 weeks.
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There are several types of fungus that live naturally and harmlessly on the body. However, under certain conditions, the balance of these fungi can become disturbed; and when one is too prominent, an infection may occur, and cause irritation to the skin. Depending on where the infection is, certain symptoms can develop. For example, Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection which manifests between the toes. This can lead to a rash, and the flaking and peeling of skin in the region.
Ringworm is another form of fungal skin infection. This can occur in various places on the body, such as on the arms and hands, neck and face. It is characterised by a rash, which may take on the form of a raised ring or oval-shaped bump. When ringworm occurs on the upper thighs or in the genitals, this is sometimes referred to as Jock Itch, and is caused by tight clothing, or perspiration during exercise.
Infections of this kind can be transferred from one person to another in a variety of ways. Direct skin-to-skin contact is one way. Sometimes, this fungus can be passed on through indirect contact too. This might be with the use of towels, or shared communal areas such as showers. It can also be passed from animal to human, and be picked up through stroking a pet.
To treat the condition, a doctor will typically issue an antifungal medication to help restore normal fungal balance in the infected region. Fluconazole is one such treatment, and is only available to buy in the UK with a prescription. In this capsule, the active ingredient is a substance of the same name, which works by interfering with the cell structure of the offending fungus.
Fluconazole does this by stopping the fungus from producing ergosterol, a substance which it requires to keep its cells intact. When the production of ergosterol is interrupted, holes begin to appear in the walls of fungal cells, and vital constituents leak out. The offending cells then die off, and balance is restored.
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Make sure you adhere to the directions issued by your prescriber when taking this medication, and that you familiarise yourself with the instructions in the patient information leaflet prior to use. This will help you to reduce the risk of side effects, and increase the efficiency of this product.
- Take as instructed by your prescriber.
- In the case of a fungal skin infection, this may be one 50mg tablet for a period of up to 6 weeks.
- Swallow your capsule whole with a glass of water.
- Do not exceed the prescribed amount.
- In the event that you miss a dose, do not compensate by doubling up on your next one. You can take it when you remember, provided your next dose is not due. If it is due, skip the one you have missed and carry on the course as before.
This is only a summary of the directions you will need to follow. More detailed information can be located in the product leaflet.
Inform your doctor right away if you notice any signs of: a serious allergic reaction, such as hives, fever, swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, or sudden wheezing;
liver problems such as jaundice or dark coloured urine; a severe skin rash with flushing, fever, blisters or ulcers; or a rash with reddening, peeling or swelling of the skin that looks like a burn.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Headache, stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, feeling or being sick, increased liver function in blood tests, or a skin rash.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Reduction in red blood cells causing weakness or breathlessness, decreased appetite, inability to sleep, feeling drowsy, seizures, dizziness, sensation of spinning, tingling, pricking or numbness, changes in sense of taste, indigestion, flatulence, dry mouth, muscle pain, low blood potassium, increased sweating, tiredness, or fever.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Lowered presence of white blood cells, reduction in platelet levels, changes in cholesterol levels in the blood, shaking, abnormal electrocardiogram, irregular heartbeat, or hair loss.
This is only a summary of the side effects associated with this drug. You can find more detailed information in the leaflet issued with the product.
Taking it with other medicines
If you are taking any of the following, you should not use this drug: terfenadine or astemizole; cisapride; pimozide; or quinidine.
You should also tell your prescriber if you are using any of the following treatments, as this item may not be suitable for you, or you may need to have your administration modified: rifampicin, rifabutin, erythromycin or azithromycin; hydrochlorothiazide or eplerenone; anticoagulants such as warfarin; midazolam, triazolam or other types of benzodiazepines; sulfonylureas, including chlorpropamide, glibenclamide, glipizide, tolbutamide or nateglinide; ciclosporin, tacrolimus, everolimus or sirolimus; zidovudine (AZT), nevirapine, ritanovir, tipranavir, aquinavir or saquinavir; cisapride; pimozide, quetiapine or sertindole; antidepressants such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline, citalopram and reboxetine; vincristine and vinblastine; St. John’s Wort; drugs for migraine such as ergotamine or methylsergide; atorvastatin, simvastatin or other treatments for high cholesterol; calcium channel antagonists such as nifedipine, amilodipine, nisoldipine; NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, celecoxib, rofecoxib or parecoxib; cyclophosphamide; antimalarial drugs such as artemether and lumefantrine; bosentan; losartan; amphotericin; prednisone; fentanyl; terfenadine or astemizole; ivabradine; quinidine; methadone; vitamin A; theophylline; oral contraceptives; alfentanil; halofantrine; phenytoin or carbamazepine; or voriconazole.
Conditions to look out for
Do not use this treatment if you have porphyria. It may also not be suitable for persons with a history of: liver or kidney problems; AIDS; heart problems; or imbalances in the salt levels in the blood.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. It is not thought that alcohol will affect the function of this drug.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you do not experience any side effects which may make doing so dangerous. If you do feel as though your capacity to drive has become compromised, refrain from driving and let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
This product is not suitable for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It may also be necessary to take additional contraceptive measures during its use.
How should I store it?
Keep it in a safe place, out of the reach of children, and not above 30°C.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This product contains: fluconazole, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, maize starch, sodium laurilsulfate, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172), quinoline yellow (E104), patent blue V (E131) and gelatin.
Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You will require a prescription to be able to buy Fluconazole online or in person. Our consultation service enables you to have your case reviewed by a registered practitioner, who will issue a prescription for your item if suitable.
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