Diflucan and Thrush

Thrush is an infection of the mouth. It is caused by Candida albicans which is a fungus. Candida infection can also occur in other places causing infant diaper rash or vaginal yeast infections. Thrush is mostly found in babies, toddlers, older people or people wit a weak immune system.

Causes of Thrush

Candida fungi in small amounts occur naturally in a normal healthy body. Their habitat is the mouth, digestive tract and the skin. Bacteria and other microorganisms help balance the growth of the fungi in the body. Using some medications and certain illnesses can cause the balance to be disturbed thus causing an overgrowth and results in infection or thrush. Medications like corticosteroids, antibiotics and birth control upset the balance of the microorganisms. Conditions like diabetes, HIV infection, cancer, dry mouth or pregnancy can upset the balance of microorganisms. People who smoke or wear ill-fitting dentures are also at risk. Breast fed babies have also been known to pass the infection during their feedings.

Treatments of Thrush

There are many treatments of thrush. The medication can be in the form of tablets, lozenges or liquid. Nystatin is a liquid medicine for thrush. Diflucan is a tablet medication for thrush. Unlike Nystatin, Diflucan is taken once daily. Nystatin is taken up to three times a day. People with a weak immune system have a more difficult journey in trying to combat the symptoms of thrush. Healthy children and adults can be treated effectively. Usually an antifungal medication is prescribed for 10 to 14 days. The treatment approach will be specific based on age and cause of infection. If a dentist diagnosed the thrush, they may recommend going to a doctor because the presence of Candida infection can be an underlying symptom for other illnesses that may have to be treated.

What is Diflucan?

Diflucan is used to treat all fungal infections called candidiasis or yeast infections including infections found in the vaginal area, throat area, urinary tract, peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdomen) and pneumonia. It is also used to help prevent candidiasis in people who get bone marrow transplants. It is used to treat brain or spinal cord inflammation (meningitis) caused by another type of fungus. Recently Diflucan has been used to fight fungal infections in kidney and liver transplants and in fungal infections in AIDS patients.

Side Effects to using Diflucan

There have been some rare side effects linked to using Diflucan. Go to the doctor if any of these symptoms occur:

1. Hives

2. Itching

3. Swelling

4. Sudden drop in blood pressure

5. Difficulty breathing or swallowing

6. Diarrhea

7. Abdomen pain

Some other less intense side effects could include headache, nausea, indigestion, and change in taste, dizziness and irregular heartbeat. The most common side effect is nausea.

Diflucan should not be prescribed if there are sensitivity issues to any of the ingredients like Nizoral. It should not be combined with the heartburn medication Propulsid because this combination has been known to trigger heartbeat irregularities and other cardiac problems. If nursing, Diflucan appears in breast milk so nursing may have to seize until thrush is gone.

NOTE: Liver function must be monitored carefully. If immunity is low a rash may develop. Stop taking Diflucan if the rash gets worse. If an irregular heartbeat occurs contact a doctor.

Recommended Dosage of Diflucan for Thrush

In children

Usual dose is 6 milligrams for every 2.2 pounds the child weighs on the first day, and 3 milligrams for every 2.2 pounds once a day after that.

Results should occur within a couple of days, but use two weeks to avoid any relapse.

In adults

Usual dose is 200 milligrams on the first day and 100 milligrams once a day after that. Results should occur within a couple of days, but use two weeks to avoid any relapse.

If thrush is in the esophagus the usual dose is 200 milligrams on the first day and 100 milligrams once a day after that. If the infection is severe, 400 milligrams a day is recommended. Treatment should last at least 3 weeks.

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