Diflucan is the brand name for the antifungal drug called Fluconazole. It is a potent drug used to treat Candida infections. Candidiasis is caused by the overgrowth of the fungus, Candida albicans. This infection can arise anywhere in the body, but it is more severe with immunocompromised patients.
Where does this Happen?
Fungal infections can occur on many regions of the interior and exterior body. Women commonly have yeast infections, but immunocompromised patients may develop oral thrush along the oropharynx or esophagus. It may become disseminated into the bloodstream which may then affect other organs. Infections can also occur in the kidneys or bladder to cause renal papillary necrosis or cystitis.
Fluconazole belongs to a family of drugs. Similar drugs include itraconazole and ketoconazole, but many doctors will prescribe Diflucan For Candida. Fluconazole can penetrate the central nervous system (CNS) through the cerebrospinal fluid(CSF). We haven’t heard of many cases where a Fluconazole Candida treatment had lasting effects. Therefore, it is also used to treat another type of fungal infection called cryptococcal meningitis.
Ketoconazole is an imidazole antifungal agent. It inhibits an enzyme which converts lanesterol to ergosterol. Fungal membranes are unstable with decreased levels of ergosterol. Human cells are resistant to the effects of ketoconazole. Fluconazole and itraconazole are triazoles but function in a similar way.
Fluconazole is used as the drug of choice in treating oropharyngeal and esophageal Candidiasis. One dose of 150 mg is sufficient to treat a case of vulvovaginal Candidiasis. Candida infections of the bloodstream will require a daily dose of 400 mg, and the infected catheter must be removed. Patients who acquire deep candidal infections post-bone marrow transplant will also need to take Diflucan For Candida. If doctors don’t prescribe Diflucan for Candida they will often prescribe another antifungal mentioned above called Ketoconazole.
How these Drugs are taken
Fluconazole is used in the initial and maintenance therapy of cryptococcal meningitis of AIDS patients. Patients who also suffer from candida infections of the mucosal surfaces such as the oropharynx can be treated with Diflucan. It has been to be effective in those with CD4 cell counts less than 200. Although, it has also been very effective in patients with cell counts less than 50. This is not recommended though because it has not shown to improve patient mortality, and it may cause resistance to the drug.
Diflucan can be administered as a tablet, suspension, or in intravenously. A daily dose can be used. It penetrates the CSF and other body fluids well. Dosages need to adjusted for those patients who have renal disease. It also can have reactions with other certain drugs the patient may be taking such as coumadin or phenytoin. Often if this happens, doctors will prescribe Nystatin for Candida which is another powerful antifungal.
The side effects of fluconazole include nausea and abdominal pain. A common reaction among HIV patients is allergic reaction. HIV patients may also develop Stevens – Johnson syndrome which may become fatal. Rare forms of toxicity to fluconazole include anaphylaxis, hepatic necrosis, and neutropenia.
Other types of antifungal agents exist such as amphotericin B. This agent has many uses similar to that of Diflucan. However, doctors now prescribe Diflucan For Candida instead of amphotericin B as the drug of choice, in most cases, because amphotericin B has many more side effects. It has been nicknamed amphoterrible.
Fluconazole is less effective than itraconazole in treating blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, and sporotrichosis. Also, Fluconazole is also not effective in mucormycosis and aspergillosis.
Since fluconazole and other prescription medications are not shown to have lasting effects, diet and lifestyle changes are the way to beat candida. The easy to follow steps found in the Restore 3 protocol have been shown to be an effective, lasting way to get rid of yeast infections.