Nystatin

Description

Nystatin is an antifungal medicine used to treat fungal infections of the skin, mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Nystatin

  • Itching
  • Skin irritation
  • Burning
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Skin rash

Uses of Nystatin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cutaneous Candidiasis
  • Vaginal Candidiasis
  • Oropharyngeal Candidiasis
  • Intestinal Candidiasis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 24 to 72 hours.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women only if necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is relatively safe for use in breastfeeding women. However, all the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may cause undesired side effects in the infants.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to nystatin.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women only if necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is relatively safe for use in breastfeeding women. However, all the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may cause undesired side effects in the infants.
General warnings

Systemic mycoses

This medicine is not recommended for use in fungal infections affecting the internal organs such as lungs.

Missed Dose

Apply/take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue the regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose with this medicine is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Follow all dosing instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not take/apply this medicine for durations shorter or longer than that recommended by your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Nystatin works by blocking the action of a certain vital component of the fungal cell wall. This results in disruption of cell membrane and death of the fungus.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Topical antifungals, Mouth and throat products, Polyenes

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/20153

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Nystatin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 24 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00646

Nystatin: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 24 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682758.html

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 24 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

TOXNET [Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 24 August 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~cmvz9Q:5

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Information on this page was last updated on 30 Aug 2017

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