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Diflucan is a medication prescribed for infections caused by fungi and yeasts. For example, it can prevent and combat Candida infections. The active ingredient in Diflucan is fluconazole. It is available in various forms, such as powders, liquids and capsules. It should be taken as part of a treatment, and the prescribed dose must be completely finished.

Medically reviewed by T.R. Mulder on December 17, 2018

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    What is Diflucan and what is it for?

    Diflucan is an antifungal medication prescribed for the prevention and control of fungal infections and yeast infections such as Candida yeast.

    These conditions can cause infections in organs, the urinary tract, mouth, throat, genitals, skin and nails.

    Other possible situations where Diflucan or another form of fluconazole may be prescribed include certain fungal infections of the brain (cryptococcal meningitis) or of the lungs and airways (coccidioidomycosis).

    How does Diflucan work?

    Diflucan is available in various forms (powders, liquids and capsules) and the prescribed form depends on the location of the infection. Drinks, for example, are often used for mouth infections where they act directly on the affected area. When using capsules, the medication spreads throughout the body to combat fungal growth.

    After a few days or weeks, the infection should pass, though the medication continues to work for some time.

    How is Diflucan used?

    Your pharmacy supplies Diflucan packaging with information about the correct dosage, and this must be carefully followed.

    You swallow the capsules with half a glass of water, or the contents could also be mixed with yoghurt, custard or apple sauce. A special measuring cup is used for taking medication as a drink.

    Alternatively, a nurse could administer the medication via an infusion.

    The infection should pass after a few days or weeks, but the full course of medication must then be finished.

    Is a doctor’s prescription required?

    A doctor’s prescription is required to obtain Diflucan or similar fluconazole medications. This product has potential side effects and could interact with other medicines.

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