Fluconazole – Active ingredient used in the treatment of Candidiasis

Why is Fluconazole prescribed to treat fungus?

Fluconazole belongs to a class of antifungals called triazoles. It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection. Fluconazole is used to treat fungal infections, including yeast infections of the vagina (usually Candida), mouth, throat, esophagus (tube leading from the mouth to the stomach), abdomen (area between the chest and waist), lungs, blood, and other organs. Fluconazole is also used to treat meningitis  caused by fungus. Besides, Fluconazole is also used to prevent yeast infections in patients who are likely to become infected.

How should Fluconazole be used?

Fluconazole usually taken once a day. You may need to take only one dose of Fluconazole, or you may need to take Fluconazole for several weeks or longer. The length of your treatment depends on your condition and on how well you respond to Fluconazole. Take Fluconazole exactly as directed, do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by doctor.

Patients should feel better during the first few days of treatment with Fluconazole. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, please ask your doctor.

Continue to take Fluconazole until doctor tells you that you should stop, even if you feel better. Do not stop taking Fluconazole without talking to your doctor. If you stop taking Fluconazole too soon, your infection may come back after a short time.

Fluconazole may cause side effects such as: headache, dizziness, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite,....

According to WHO, pathogenic fungi are a threat to public health because they are increasingly common, resistant to treatment drugs, so insufficient treatment time can make the disease recur and treatment more difficult.

Source: Fluconazole. Available from: https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds