Fluconazole is a custom pharmacy drug, a triazole antifungal by classification that is used to treat or prevent various yeast and fungal infections, notably oral (thrush) and vaginal yeast infections, as well as meningitis. Fluconazole destroys fungi by retarding fungi cell membrane growth.
Fluconazole is most often delivered in a pill or liquid, or as a cream. Talk to your doctor about your condition and which form of the drug is appropriate for you. Your compounding pharmacist can answer questions you may have as you begin your course of fluconazole. Always follow your doctor's exact instructions for dosing or application.
Some patients may encounter select side effects when they begin taking fluconazole. If you feel that you are experiencing any side effects that are concerning, intensifying, or are unremitting, contact your doctor. Some of the most common side effects that fluconazole may produce are as follows:
While many patients will not experience severe side effects, they are in the realm of possibility so anyone using fluconazole should discuss side effects with their doctor before beginning use of the drug. Some possible severe side effects are listed below:
The following side effects are rare. Talk to your doctor about your condition and the potential risks of fluconazole versus the potential benefits. Rare side effects are:
Anyone experiencing rare or severe side effects should seek medical treatment immediately. As a rule of thumb, if you are taking fluconazole and experience a side effect that you are uncertain about, or unsure of its severity, seek medical assistance.
There are countless drugs that may negatively interact with fluconazole, as well as countless diseases and conditions of which fluconazole may be contraindicated. Before beginning use of fluconazole, meet with your doctor and have a full medical review to discuss all your options for treatment.
Avoid eating or drinking any grapefruit while using fluconazole. Dangerous spikes in fluconazole levels in the blood may occur when the drug interacts with grapefruit, grapefruit juice, or products containing grapefruit.
Watch for Signs of Possible Allergic Reaction to Fluconazole
During your consultation, ask your doctor about possible allergic reaction symptoms before beginning use of fluconazole. Allergic reactions to medications are serious and require immediate medical assistance.
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