fluconazole, Diflucan

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GENERIC NAME: fluconazole

BRAND NAME: Diflucan

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Fluconazole is used for treating vaginal, oral, and esophageal fungal infections caused by Candida. It may also be effective in treating urinary tract infections, peritonitis, pneumonia and disseminated infections caused by Candida. Fluconazole is used for treating cryptococcal meningitis, and prevention of Candida infections in patients treated with chemotherapy or radiation after bone marrow transplantation.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of fluconazole are:

Other important side effects include:

Rarely, serious allergic reactions, including angioedema (swelling of tissues), may also occur. Liver dysfunction (jaundice, hepatitis) and abnormal heart beats have been associated with fluconazole.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2016

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