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OverviewOther known brand namesAbout fluconazoleKey facts of fluconazoleWho is fluconazole not suitable for?How and where to get fluconazole?Dosage and strength for fluconazole for thrushInformation about how to take fluconazole for thrushWhat happens if you take too much fluconazole?What are the side effects of fluconazole?Information about taking fluconazole at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsCan fluconazole taken for thrush be taken long term?Is there a herbal fluconazole?Can women use fluconazole?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking fluconazole?What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with thrush?Alternatives to fluconazoleSourcesPeople also asked
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Medically reviewed by Navin Khosla, BPharm and written by Rajive Patel, BPharm - Updated on 26 Jan 2024
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Other known brand names

Canesten, Diflucan

About fluconazole

Fluconazole is an azole antifungal used for the treatment of non-systemic Candida infections of the vagina (yeast infections), throat, and mouth. It is also used to prevent fungal infections in people with a weakened immune system caused by bone marrow transplant, cancer treatment, or AIDs.

Now Patient offers Diflucan or fluconazole for the treatment of thrush only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of fluconazole

  • For the treatment of vaginal candidiasis, thrush, oral thrush, esophageal candidiasis, other candida infections or fungal meningitis
  • Fluconazole has some common side effects which include nausea and diaarhea
  • It can be dangerous if you take fluconazole with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is fluconazole not suitable for?

Fluconazole may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before taking fluconazole if you:

  • Are allergic to fluconazole or other antifungals such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole, or voriconazole
  • Have kidney disease or liver disease
  • Have high blood potassium levels
  • Have heart problems

How and where to get fluconazole?

Fluconazole is available from a number of sources. It is available on prescription or over the counter at a pharmacy.

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy fluconazole directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of thrush, you can discuss if fluconazole is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for fluconazole for thrush

Fluconazole is available as a 150 mg capsule or oral suspension when used for thrush.

Information about how to take fluconazole for thrush

Thrush is often treated with only one pill. You may take fluconazole with or without food. Speak to a healthcare professional or read the patient information leaflet provided with your medication if you need further information.

What happens if you take too much fluconazole?

If you take more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have taken too much fluconazole and you experience any of the following side effects:

What are the side effects of fluconazole?

Side effects of fluconazole are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea, diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headaches, dizziness

Serious side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate, shortness of breath, feeling faint
  • Seizures
  • Reduced adrenal gland hormones – stomach pain, loss of appetite, muscle or joint pain, nausea, vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Liver problems – loss of appetite, abdominal pain, tiredness, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

If you experience any serious life-threatening side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about taking fluconazole at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and fluconazole. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements or other prescription drugs:

  • Cisapride, pimozide, tofacitinib, tolvaptan
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Erythromycin
  • Quinidine
  • Terfenadine
  • Alfentanil, fentanyl, methadone
  • Theophylline
  • Warfarin
  • Atorvastatin, simvastatin
  • Glyburide, glipizide
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Tacrolimus, sirolimus
  • Carbamazepine, phenytoin

Can fluconazole taken for thrush be taken long term?

Fluconazole is taken as a single dose when used to treat thrush. If your symptoms do not clear, speak to your doctor for further advice.

Is there a herbal fluconazole?

No. Herbal fluconazole does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use fluconazole?

Women can take fluconazole for the treatment of thrush. However, fluconazole may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking fluconazole?

You can eat and drink normally when taking fluconazole.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with thrush?

Certain foods such as yoghurts containing live cultures (acidophilus and lactobacilli) help prevent yeast overgrowth. Also, maintaining good personal hygeine will help to reduce the risk of fungal infections.

Alternatives to fluconazole

Alternatives for the treatment of thrush include Diflucan, Canesten creams and Canesten pessaries.


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