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Fluconazole is a type of antifungal medication that is primarily used to treat a variety of fungal and yeast infections.

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Fluconazole works by disrupting the fungi’s ability to form a complete cell membrane, causing the contents of their cells to leak out and resulting in the death of the fungal cells.

If you’re suffering from a fungal or yeast infection and think fluconazole might be the medication you need to treat the condition, speak to one of our doctors online now.

Our GPs can discuss your symptoms, examine any visibly affected areas and if necessary, prescribe fluconazole to treat your condition.

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How to Take Fluconazole

While fluconazole can be given intravenously (administered directly into the vein by a medical professional in a liquid form), it’s typically prescribed in tablets that are taken orally (via the mouth).

You should carefully read the label on your medication before taking it, however, generally fluconazole is taken orally at the same time each day, either with or without food.

You’ll typically be prescribed a course of the medication, which you should complete – even if you start feeling better. Missing or skipping doses can give the infection the chance to regroup, which could extend the infection and even cause your symptoms to get worse.

What is Fluconazole Used to Treat?

Fluconazole can be used to treat a wide variety of yeast and fungal infections, including:

  • Thrush
  • Yeast infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections (caused by fungi)
  • Candida Albicans in the blood
  • Fungal Meningitis
  • Certain types of skin infections
  • Ringworm
  • Fungal nail infections
  • Fungal lung infections
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What Are The Side Effects of Fluconazole?

Fluconazole has a range of potential side effects, however, some are much more common than others. Some of the most typical include:

  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Dizzy spells
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea

If any of these side effects persist, or you notice the development of any serious symptoms, you should speak with a doctor as soon as possible.

Some of the rarer side effects of fluconazole include:

  • Rapid weight loss and anorexia
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Seizures
  • Alopecia (patches of baldness)
  • Disturbances in your sense of taste
  • Allergic reactions
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis (a rare, life-threatening skin condition that causes the top layer of skin to detach).
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Things to avoid

You should advise your doctor of any allergies you may have and any the medications you’re currently taking before being prescribed fluconazole.

A wide range of drugs can interact negatively with fluconazole, some of which include:

  • Astemizole
  • Disopyramide
  • Drugs containing erythromycin
  • Medications used to treat irregularities in your heartbeat
  • Indapamide
  • Lomitapide
  • Pentamidine
  • Pimozide

Fluconazole and alcohol

Taking fluconazole while drinking alcohol is not recommended, since both substances can cause stomach upsets and headaches. If you’re suffering from any other side effects, drinking alcohol may cause these to get worse.

Drinking alcohol can often increase the amount of time it takes you to get over an illness, so it’s generally recommended to steer clear of it until you start feeling better.

Is It Safe to Use Fluconazole During Pregnancy?

Recent studies have found fluconazole may heighten the risk of birth defects and as such, it’s not recommended for pregnant women.

You should make sure your doctor knows if you’re pregnant or you’re trying to conceive before embarking on a course of fluconazole.

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Our GPs can talk through your symptoms, examine any visibly affected areas and if needed, prescribe fluconazole or another anti-fungal medication to help you get better.

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