In this week's article we take a look at the common medicine fluconazole. Fluconazole is a well known anti-fungal medicine. If you are reading this there is the likelihood that you are unfortunately suffering from some sort of yeast infection. Now I can understand how annoying and itchy these may be, and so if you are looking to buy fluconazole, it is totally understandable to wonder what you may feel when you take it.
Everyone and anyone can claim to be a medical professional on the internet, but at least some have the degree to prove it. This can cause some confusion for patients when they search for accurate reviews. You want a realistic, unbiased review on what you would expect to feel when you are on a new medication - both the positives and the negatives. Which is why here we have already done that hard work for you, trailing through the agony aunts and fake professionals to give you a legitimate review on all things fluconazole.
Fluconazole is used to treat infections caused by different kinds of fungus. The most common cause of fungal infections is a yeast called candida.
Fluconazole is used to treat many infections caused by candida including thrush in men and women, such as vaginal thrush, skin irritation on the head of the penis, and thrush in the mouth. However, it does have many more applications and can even treat more severe infections such as cryptococcal meningitis.
Along with its needed effects, fluconazole may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, it is important to make you aware of the possibilities. The most common to note is nausea, but is very self-limiting. Rare side effects include chills, diarrhoea, fast heartbeat, and fever. If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
According to WebMD, patients seem to love fluconazole. It has been given an overall rating of 70% taking into consideration efficacy, ease of use, and patient satisfaction. Some patients had particularly loved the ease of use to treat yeast infections.
“I think it's great that a small pill replaced nights of inputting creams and days of it leaking out”
However, with any medication you will get some patients where their experiences aren't the most promising. Most patients that had negative reviews had put it down to the side effects of the tablet, however it is worth noting that the side effects mentioned were the rare side effects such as “losing my hair”, “turning my pee orange”, and “difficulty falling asleep”.
Fluconazole vs Diflucan
If you’ve searched for information about anti-fungals before, time and time again Diflucan will be mentioned alongside fluconazole 150mg tablets, they go hand in hand, or hand to mouth. While these two medications might have different names, they are actually the same active ingredient.
The difference however, is that Diflucan is a brand name of the medication which was invented and marketed by Pfizer. Whereas fluconazole is the active drug that is present in Diflucan that’s responsible for its positive effects on treating yeast infections, oral thrush, and many more infections. Fluconazoleis also cheaper to buy as it is a generic medicine, which means several manufacturers can produce the tablet which brings the price down. However, only Pfizer can manufacture Diflucan which relies on its reputation of good medicines to charge a little higher for that magic tablet.
As a general rule, assuming the dose is the same, whether it be the fluconazole 150mg tablet or the Diflucan 150mg tablet, you will get the same therapeutic effects from a generic form of fluconazole as you will from a Diflucan tablet.
Fluconazole vs Clotrimazole
Fluconazole and clotrimazole belong to the same class of anti-fungal medications called “azoles”. However, fluconazole belongs to a different class called the triazoles, which is a newer generation azole. This drug appears to offer clinical advantages over the imidazoles and achieved high rates of clinical and microbiologic cure in most studies. Clotrimazole and fluconazole can both be used to treat yeast infections, with clotrimazole coming in cream form and fluconazole being used for more systemic infections, or a more serious yeast infection.
Fluconazole vs Nystatin
Fluconazole and nystatin are anti-fungal medications used to treat different types of Candida infections. Side effects of fluconazole and nystatin that are similar include nausea, stomach/abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and rash. However Side effects of fluconazole that are different from nystatin include headache, indigestion, dizziness, and changes in taste. Fluconazole can be used in a much greater variety of infections such as vaginal thrush, whereas with Nystan (nystatin) oral suspension is more suitable for oral thrush (when prepared as a liquid) and skin conditions (when in powder form).
Our clinicians will be able to offer you fluconazole via our next day delivery service, providing you order by 3pm the previous day. For example, you are able to order fluconazole 150mg tablets for only £14.99. Simply begin one of our consultations and our trained team will be in contact to ensure that the best medication is prescribed to you.
In summary, there are a plethora of treatments available for when you experience fungal infections. If you feel like you have any of the conditions such as vaginal thrush mentioned in this article then please get in touch with our clinicians to begin your online consultation to begin your journey to a healthier you.
Author: Matt Jennings MRPharmS
Clinically Reviewed By:
Ibrahim Nakib BSc(Hons) MRPharmS