Diflucan Over the Counter for Relief of Fungal Infections

December 15, 2015

Whenever you encounter a fungal infection, of course the first thing that you would think of is what would be an effective antifungal medication for your problem, and most of the times, Diflucan over the counter medicine can help.  Diflucan over the counter medicine simply works by interrupting or interfering with the creation or synthesis of the cell membrane (or the outer covering) of fungal cells.

Diflucan over the counter is a type of medication that can help treat infections caused by fungal organisms.  Diflucan over the counter is either available as an oral drug or one that can be administered intravenously (through the vein).

Diflucan over the counter medication can treat a wide variety of infection-causing fungi, especially the Candida species that are well known in inflicting to the female populace vaginal or yeast infections as well as infections concerning the throat, bloodstream and mouth.

Diflucan over the counter medication is also used in patients who have rather weakened or already weak immune systems. A good example would be patients who have developed neutropenia of the blood as a result of their chemotherapy, infants categorized to be premature, and patients who have undergone transplant operations.

Diflucan over the counter is known as a 1st generation triazole antifungal drug.  It is very different from the earlier made azole antifungal drugs (like ketoconazole) in which its molecular structure bears a triazole ring and not an imidazole ring.  Imidazole-type antifungal drugs are known to be more useful when applied topically, while Diflucan over the counter and other triazole-type antifungal drugs are more effective when taken orally or internally via injection.

Diflucan over the counter is very effective in helping get rid of Candida-type species (except Candida glabrata and krusei), dimorphic fungi, Cryptococcus neoformans, dermatophytes and other susceptible infection-causing fungal organisms.  The most common uses of Diflucan over the counter medication include:

  • Treating Candida infections of the throat, mouth and vagina.
  • Treating Candida infections in patients who have otherwise healthy immune systems, including infections concerning the joints, bloodstream and kidneys.
  • As a second choice of drug for treating cases of meningoencephalitis caused by cryptococcal species, which is a fungal infection affecting the central nervous system.
  • Preventing the occurrence of Candida infection cases in people with already weak immune systems such as premature babies, patients who have had transplantation operations, those who have unfortunately had advanced types of HIV infections, and those who have gotten neutropenia as an outcome of chemotherapy from cancer.

Diflucan over the counter medicine is not to be taken by people who have some kind of hypersensitivity to other azole-type medicines like ketoconazole; are taking SSRI drugs like sertraline and fluoxetine; are currently taking terfenadine; and if they are taking both quinidine and Diflucan, especially if the latter is taken at very high doses.

Keep in mind that just like other drugs, Diflucan over the counter can also give you undesirable side effects such as itchiness, difficulty breathing, edema of the lips, face, tongue or throat, fever, flu-like symptoms, rashes, unusual weakness, appetite loss, jaundice, diarrhea, mild stomach pain, headache, and dizziness.  Consult your doctor should you experience side effects.