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flucytosine Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is flucytosine available in?

What dosages is flucytosine available in?

flucytosine is available as a 250 mg and 500 mg capsule.

What is flucytosine used for?

What is flucytosine used for?

flucytosine is typically used along with amphotericin B to treat serious fungal infections caused by Candida or Cryptococcus.

How does flucytosine work?

How does flucytosine work?

flucytosine is an antifungal. Once it is inside the body, it gets absorbed by the fungus that’s causing the infection. It then interferes with the chemistry of the fungal cells and stops them from reproducing and growing.

How do I take flucytosine?

How do I take flucytosine?

flucytosine is dosed based on your weight. The typical dose is 50 to 150 mg/kg per day. This total amount is usually split up into 4 smaller doses and taken every 6 hours.

Is it safe for me to take flucytosine?

Is it safe for me to take flucytosine?

flucytosine is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you.

flucytosine Common Side Effects

flucytosine Common Side Effects

Common side effects of flucytosine include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Headache
flucytosine Serious Side Effects

flucytosine Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with flucytosine. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Bone marrow damage
  • Heart attack
  • Allergic reactions
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on flucytosine

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on flucytosine

The following medications may interact with flucytosine:

  • Cytosine arabinoside – It may inactivate the antifungal activity of flucytosine if taken together
Who makes flucytosine?

Who makes flucytosine?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is flucytosine safe in pregnancy?

Is flucytosine safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if flucytosine will harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while receiving flucytosine, talk to your healthcare provider .


What to do if you missed your flucytosine dose

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