nystatin (oral tablet and capsule)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    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.

Is nystatin available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for nystatin?

Yes

Why is nystatin used?

  • Nystatin oral tablets and capsules are used for treating intestinal candidiasis.

What are the side effects of nystatin?

Common side effects of nystatin tablets and capsules include:

Other side effects of nystatin include:

Possible serious side effects of nystatin include:

  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome

What is the dosage for nystatin?

  • The recommended dose for treating intestinal candidiasis is 500,000 to 1,000,000 units (1 to 2 tablets) every 8 hours.

Which drugs or supplements interact with nystatin?

  • There are no significant drug interactions with nystatin oral tablets and capsules.

Is nystatin safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

  • There are no adequate studies done with nystatin to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
  • It is not known whether nystatin enters breast milk; therefore, it is best for nursing mothers to be cautious before breastfeeding.

What else should I know about nystatin?

What preparations of nystatin are available?
  • Tablets: 500,000 units
  • Capsule: 500,000 units , 1,000,000 units
How should I keep nystatin stored?
  • Nystatin oral tablets and capsules should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F)
How does nystatin work?
  • Nystatin works by binding to sterols in the walls of fungal cells, disturbing the function of the cell wall. The fungal cells eventually lose their contents, leading to their death and improvement of the fungal infection.
When was nystatin approved by the FDA?
  • The FDA approved Nystatin tablets in September 1964.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 11/15/2016

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REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

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