Fluconazole 150 mg oral capsules are an anti-fungal medication used to treat vaginal yeast infections caused by the yeast known as Candida. It works by stopping the growth of Candida. It usually starts to work within one day, but it may take 3 days for your symptoms to improve and up to 7 days for your symptoms to disappear.
Fluconazole is used to prevent and treat a variety of fungal and yeast infections. It belongs to a class of drugs called azole anti-fungals. It works by stopping the growth of certain types of fungus.
What Conditions does Fluconazole Treat?
Other reasons why the yeast may grow, causing thrush to develop, include:
If you suffer from diabetes and your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled.
If you are ill, run down or short of sleep.
Taking the contraceptive pill.
Taking certain antibiotics may cause infection as they kill the good bacteria in the vagina, allowing the yeast to multiply and cause infection.
Having sex with someone who has a thrush infection.
How is thrush treated?
Thrush is cured easily by antifungal treatments that stop the growth of the yeast. If you have had thrush before and are confident that is what you have, then these treatments can be purchased from our website. Treatments available can be in the form of a cream or a pessary (a tablet that is inserted into the vagina, like the way you would insert a tampon). It is usually recommended to use both the cream and pessary as the cream can help soothe the irritation immediately.
When should I go to the doctor?
Once you have had thrush you will then recognise it if you get it again. However, if you have an itch and a discharge that you have not had before, you should visit your doctor or local G.U.M. clinic. You should also visit your doctor if you:
Thrush isn’t a sexually transmitted disease, but it may sometimes be passed on during sex so try to avoid sex during an infection. It may also be a good idea for your partner to be treated as well.
The symptoms of thrush may go away without treatment, but it can get very sore, complications are very rare.
If your thrush keeps returning your doctor might suggest a course of anti-fungal tablets.
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Before you use this product
Do not take Fluconazole:
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Fluconazole
Other medicines and Fluconazole
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Tell your doctor immediately if you are taking astemizole, terfenadine (an antihistamine for treating allergies) or cisapride (used for stomach upsets) or pimozide (used for treating mental illness) or quinidine (used for treating heart arrhythmia) or erythromycin (an antibiotic for treating infections) or amiodarone (used for treating heart problems) as these should not be taken with Fluconazole (see section: “Do not take Fluconazole if you”).
There are some medicines that may interact with fluconazole. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Fluconazole with food and drink
You can take your medicine with or without a meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
When driving vehicles or using machines, it should be taken into account that occasionally dizziness or fits may occur.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. It is best to take your capsules at the same time each day.
The capsules may be taken with or without a meal.
Use in children and adolescents
Adolescents from 12 to 17 years old
Follow the dose prescribed by your doctor (either adults or children posology).
Children to 11 years old
The maximum dose for children is 400 mg daily.
The dose will be based on the child’s weight in kilograms.
Use in children 0 to 4 weeks of age
Use in children of 3 to 4 weeks of age:
The same dose as above but given once every 2 days. The maximum dose is 12 mg per kg of body
weight every 48 hours.
Use in children less than 2 weeks old:
The same dose as above but given once every 3 days. The maximum dose is 12 mg per kg of body
weight every 72 hours.
Doctors sometimes prescribe different doses to these. Always take your medicine exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual adult dose should be given unless you have kidney problems.
Patients with kidney problems
Your doctor may change your dose, depending on your kidney function.
If you take more Fluconazole than you should:
Taking too many capsules at once may make you unwell. Contact your doctor or your nearest hospital casualty department at once. The symptoms of a possible overdose may include hearing, seeing, feeling and thinking things that are not real (hallucination and paranoid behaviour).
Symptomatic treatment (with supportive measures and gastric lavage if necessary) may be adequate.
If you forget to take Fluconazole:
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose, take it as
soon as you remember. If it is nearly time to take the next dose, do not take the dose that you
If you stop taking Fluconazole
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Fluconazole capsules contains Lactose and Azorubine (E122)
Fluconazole capsules contain a small amount of lactose (milk sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
The 200 mg capsules also contain E122 (Azorubine), which can cause an allergic-type reaction, including asthma. This reaction is more common in those people who are allergic to aspirin.
What Fluconazole contains:
Side effects when using
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
A few people develop allergic reactions although serious allergic reactions are rare. If you get any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor immediately.
Fluconazole may affect your liver. The signs of liver problems include:
Other side effects:
Additionally, if any of the following side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Common side-effects which may affect up to 1 to 10 people in 100 are listed below):
Uncommon side effects which may affect up to 1 to 10 people in 1,000 are listed below:
Rare side effects which may affect up to1 to 10 people in 10,000 are listed below:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side-effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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