nystatin oral suspension, Bio-Statin, (Mycostatin, Nilstat, and Nystex are discontinued)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: nystatin suspension

BRAND NAME: Bio-Statin

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Mycostatin, Nilstat, Nystex

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Nystatin suspension is an oral, anti-fungal liquid medication. Nystatin works by binding to sterols in the walls of fungal cells, disturbing function of the cell wall. The fungal cells eventually lose their contents, leading to their death and improvement of the fungal infection. The FDA approved Nystatin in April 1987.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Nystatin oral suspension is used for oral and throat thrush caused by the fungus, Candida albicans. It also is used for intestinal infections with Candida.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of nystatin are:

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Nystatin oral suspension is available as 100,000 units per 1 ml. It is available in a flavored, ready-to-use suspension form. Nystatin oral suspension is available as 60 ml or 473 ml trade sizes.

STORAGE: Nystatin is stored between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

DOSING:

  • Children and adults: Take 4 - 6 ml by mouth four times a day. Retain the suspension in mouth as long as possible before swallowing. Continue using for at least 48 hours after symptoms disappear. The suspension should be shaken well before using.
  • Infants: Take 1 to 2 ml by mouth four times a day. Retain the suspension in mouth as long as possible before swallowing. Continue using for at least 48 hours after symptoms disappear. The suspension should be shaken well before using.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/30/2015

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