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27 September 2013

Nystatin

Nystatin is an antimycotic drug. Antimycotic drugs are drugs that are used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts.

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Nystatin is the active ingredient of Mycospor Cream (Nappi Code: 75278-019), Mycospor Oint (Nappi Code: 745286-003), Nystacid oint (Nappi Code: 797022-007), Candacide susp (Nappi Code: 701100-001/002), Canstat susp (Nappi Code: 835056-007), Nystacid susp (Nappi Code: 835285-006) and Mycostatin Vag Cream (Nappi Code: 832413-003).

General information
Nystatin is an antimycotic drug. Antimycotic drugs are drugs that are used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts.

In South Africa nystatin is registered for the treatment of Candida and related yeast infections.

Nystatin should best be taken after a meal and the suspension should be kept in the mouth for as long as possible before swallowing.

You should take this medicine as directed and the prescribed course should be completed, even if it seems as if your symptoms have cleared up. Treatment with nystatin should usually be continued for two days after the symptoms have cleared up.

How does nystatin work?
Nystatin kills fungi and yeasts by interfering with their cell membranes, disrupting and causing holes to appear in them.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 2
Available as: nystatin is available as cream, ointment, suspension and as vaginal tablets.
What does it do? Nystatin treats infections caused by fungi and yeasts.
Overdose risk: low
Dependence risk: low
Is Nystatin available as a generic? yes
Is Nystatin available on prescription only? no

User information

Onset of effect: the full benefit of this medication may only be seen after a few days of treatment
Duration of action: up to 6 hours
Stopping this medicine: you should take this medicine as directed. The prescribed course should be completed, even if it seems as if your symptoms have cleared up. Treatment with nystatin should be continued for two days after the symptoms have disappeared.

Special precautions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you are taking any other medication

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant
Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.
Infants and children: a reduction in dose may be needed.
The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.
Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.
Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side Effect
Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common
Rare
Only if severe
In all cases
diarrhoea

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X

local irritation

X
X

nausea/vomiting

X
X

skin rash

X

X

Interactions
No interaction known.

Overdose action
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage
Adults: oral drops, 2-4 million units daily by mouth

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.
 
 

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