fluconazole, Diflucan

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GENERIC NAME: fluconazole

BRAND NAME: Diflucan

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Fluconazole is an anti-fungal medication related to clotrimazole (Lotrimin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), and miconazole (Micatin, Monistat). It prevents growth of fungi by preventing production of the membranes that surround fungal cells. The FDA approved fluconazole in January 1990.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 50, 100, 150 and 200 mg. Oral Suspension: 10 mg/ml and 40 mg/ml. Injection: 2 mg/ml

STORAGE: Tablets and dry powder should be stored below 86 F (30 C). Injection and reconstituted suspension should be stored between 5 C to 30 C (41 F to 86 F). Unused portions of the reconstituted suspension should be protected from freezing and discarded after 2 weeks.

PRESCRIBED FOR: 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/4/2013



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