Fluconazole over the counter is mainly used in the medical setting primarily for the treatment of fungal infections localized in the mouth, esophagus, vagina, and blood which is caused by Candida. Fluconazole over the counter medication is also considered to be a very effective treatment for people suffering from pneumonia, peritonitis, urinary tract infections and disseminated infections as a result of Candida infection. Also, fluconazole over the counter medicine can be very useful in treating patients with cryptococcal meningitis. Fluconazole over the counter can also help prevent the occurrence of Candida-based infections in people who currently have had radiation or chemotherapy right after bone marrow transplant procedures.
While fluconazole over the counter medicine is a very helpful item for treating fungal infections, just like most helpful medicines, it can still give a user one or more side effects when taking it. Serious side effects that can be experienced by the patient after taking fluconazole over the counter drugs may include fever, body aches, chills, flu symptoms, nausea, itching, appetite loss, upper stomach pain, jaundice, clay-colored stools, dark urine, red skin rash, severe peeling, severe blistering, unexplained weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, seizure or convulsions, and the typical signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, development of hives, and the swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face. Common yet not alarming side effects of taking fluconazole over the counter may include the following: headache, dizziness, diarrhea, upset tummy, unpleasant taste in the mouth, or mild stomach pain.
Should your doctor prescribe you to take fluconazole over the counter medicine for your fungal ailment, then you must know how to use it properly and what ought to do or not to do while you are taking it. First off, check the medicine pamphlet included on your purchase of the medicine. You can take fluconazole meds orally either without food or with food, depending on your preference. You must take fluconazole meds at least 2 hours prior to taking PPIs such as omeprazole. In order to fully eliminate the fungal infection, you must take the medicine and finish its full course treatment as indicated by your doctor. Even if you feel better within just a day or two, you must make it a point to finish the full course of fluconazole treatment and don’t miss any doses in order to prevent the infection from coming back and to avoid encouraging it to become resistant in your body.
Remember that fluconazole meds work best if it is taken at about the same time per day. Should you miss on a dose, make it a point to take it immediately, but if it is near your next dose, it is wise to just skip the last missed intake and forget about it. Just go on with the next one and do not take 2 doses at one sitting just to make up for the dose you missed previously. This is to avoid overdosing your body.
Fluconazole over the counter medicine is usually sold as a single dose 150 mg in Canada, with brand names such as Canesten, Monistat or Monicure. In India, its best known brand is Zocon. In other parts of the world, it is known as Triconal, Fungican, Flucoral, and Diflucan.