What is nystatin oral suspension, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

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.

What brand names are available for nystatin oral suspension?

Bio-Statin

Is nystatin oral suspension available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for nystatin oral suspension?

Yes

What is nystatin used for?

Nystatin oral suspension is a drug prescribed to treat fungal infections of the mouth (like oral thrush).

What are the side effects of nystatin oral suspension?

Side effects of nystatin are:

What is the dosage for nystatin oral suspension?

  • Children and adultsTake 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.

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Which drugs or supplements interact with nystatin oral suspension?

There are no significant drug interactions with nystatin.

Is nystatin oral suspension safe to take if I'm pregnant or 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 to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

What else should I know about nystatin oral suspension?

What preparations of nystatin oral suspension are available?

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.

How should I keep nystatin oral suspension stored?

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

Summary

Nystatin oral suspension (Bio-Statin [Mycostatin, Nilstat, and Nystex are discontinued]) is a drug prescribed to treat fungal infections of the mouth (like oral thrush). Review side effects, drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy safety information prior to using this medication.

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Medically Reviewed on 10/15/2019
References
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD, Ph.D. REFERENCES:

Medscape Drug Reference. Nystatin

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Nystatin - Prescribing Information
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