nystatin (oral tablet)

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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.

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    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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PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 500,000 units

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no significant drug interactions with nystatin oral tablets.

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY:

  • 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.

STORAGE: Nystatin oral tablets should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F)

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

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Nystatin is an oral anti-fungal medication. 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. The FDA approved Nystatin tablets in September, 1964.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/16/2016

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