Fluconazole Capsules (150mg)

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About Fluconazole Capsules (150mg)
  1. What is Fluconazole?

    Fluconazole is an antifungal medicine. It can often clear fungal infections by taking just a single dose. 

    You can only buy Fluconazole on prescription. 

    What is Fluconazole used to treat?

    Fluconazole is prescribed for penile and vaginal thrush

    Fluconazole 150mg thrush capsules will begin to work immediately; most people start to notice a significant improvement after just a few days, with most symptoms clearing completely within one week.

    You can also use clotrimazole cream alongside Fluconazole capsules for extra relief from the external symptoms of thrush.

    Fluconazole thrush tablets for women

    Fluconazole tablets can help to relieve the following symptoms of thrush in women.

    • Soreness and stinging when you urinate
    • Soreness and stinging during sex
    • White vaginal discharge (similar to cottage cheese) which has no odour

    Fluconazole thrush tablets for men

    Fluconazole can help to relieve the following symptoms of thrush in men

    • An unpleasant smell
    • Difficulty in pulling back the foreskin
    • White discharge (like cottage cheese)
    • Burning, redness and irritation under the foreskin and around the head of the penis

    Why is Fluconazole prescribed to treat thrush?

    Fluconazole has been used to treat fungal infections since 1988. It is currently listed on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicine.

    Clinical research has also found that Fluconazole is well-tolerated, meaning you are not likely to suffer side effects. 

    Fluconazole capsules will begin to work immediately. Most people start to notice a significant improvement after just a few days, with most symptoms clearing completely within one week.

    How does Fluconazole treat thrush?

    Fluconazole treats thrush by killing the fungus (yeast) that causes the infection. It does this by making holes in the fungus’s cell membrane, which makes the contents leak out. This works to cure the infection by restoring the natural balance of bacteria and relieving symptoms such as itching and soreness.

    Who can take Fluconazole?

    Fluconazole 150mg thrush capsules may not be suitable for everyone to take.

    This product must not be used by anyone under 16 or over 60 years old.

    You should make sure that you speak to your doctor if any of the below apply to you:

    • You have heart disease
    • You have had an allergic reaction to Fluconazole or any other medicine in the past
    • You have (or have ever had) any liver or kidney problems
    • You are prone to irritation of the skin
    • You have the blood disorder acute porphyria
    • You have abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or magnesium in your blood

    Please read the patient information leaflet for full details on why this treatment may not be suitable for you to take. If you are not sure whether Fluconazole capsules are safe for you to take, please speak to your doctor.

    Can you buy Fluconazole over the counter?

    You cannot buy Fluconazole over the counter, it is a prescription-only medicine (POM) and must be prescribed by a doctor.

    Can you buy Fluconazole online in the UK?

    Fluconazole 150mg thrush capsules are only available on prescription. You can buy Fluconazole 150mg thrush capsules from Medicine Direct after a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors.

    Fluconazole alternatives

    Medicine Direct sells several treatments for thrush and topical alternatives to Fluconazole if this medicine is unsuitable for you to take.

    Clotrimazole cream is available to purchase from our online pharmacy after completing an online questionnaire. This medicine also works to relieve the symptoms of thrush by killing the fungi that cause the infection. It should be applied to the affected area 2-3 times a day and normally relieves the problem after around one week.

    Canesten is the branded version of this cream and is also available to buy from Medicine Direct. Alternatively, women suffering from thrush could buy the Canesten Thrush Combi treatment. This medicine comes with Canesten Cream to relieve the external irritation caused by thrush, as well as a pessary to treat the internal infection.

  2. Fluconazole Dose 

    Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Fluconazole.

    Always take Fluconazole as instructed by your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance if you are not sure how to take it.

    How to take Fluconazole

    Fluconazole is a single dose treatment that you should take daily.

    Take 1 capsule each day. It does not matter what time you take the capsule, but ideally, you should try to take it around the same time every day. This will help you to remember to take it.

    The capsule can be taken with or without food. Swallow the capsule whole with a drink of water; do not crush or chew the capsule.

  3. Fluconazole Side Effects

    Like all medicines, Fluconazole capsules can cause side effects, although not everyone who takes them will suffer from them.

    Common side effects of Fluconazole include:

    • Headaches
    • Diarrhoea
    • Rash
    • Stomach pain
    • Feeling sick or being sick

    Please speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

    Please note, these lists may not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects and how to cope with them.

  4. Fluconazole warnings and interactions

    Fluconazole can interact with other medicines. Before you start taking Fluconazole thrush capsules, please ensure you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any other form of medication. 

    In particular, inform them if you are already taking any of the following medicines:

    • The antibiotic erythromycin
    • Pimozide or quetiapine (for mental illnesses like schizophrenia)
    • Cisapride (for stomach problems)
    • The allergy medicines terfenadine or astemizole
    • Quinidine (for heart disease)
    • Any statins medicines
    • Losartan (for heart failure and high blood pressure)
    • Ergotamine (for migraines and headaches)
    • Carbamazepine (for nerve pain and epilepsy)
    • The anticoagulant warfarin
    • Reboxetine (for depression)

    This product should not be used by anyone who is under 16 or over 60 years old.

    Do not take more than 1 capsule in a 24 hour period.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding 

    This medicine is not normally prescribed for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. However, if the condition is severe and has not responded to other medicines, Fluconazole may be prescribed.

    Some studies have shown that Fluconazole thrush capsules can cause musculoskeletal malformations when used in the first trimester.

    You should speak to your doctor before taking Fluconazole if:

    • You are currently pregnant
    • You are currently breastfeeding
    • You think you might be pregnant
    • You are trying to get pregnant

    It is likely that your doctor will instead prescribe clotrimazole or a similar antifungal medicine.

    For more information on taking Fluconazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding, see the BUMPS website. 

  5. Fluconazole Ingredients

    The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Fluconazole

    For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.

  6. How much does it cost to buy Fluconazole online in the UK?

    Dosage Quantity Buy Online UK Price
    Fluconazole 150mg 1 Capsule £5.99
    Fluconazole 150mg 2 Capsules £9.99
  7. How long does Fluconazole take to work?

    As a treatment for thrush, Fluconazole normally works within 7 days of treatment. Speak to your doctor if your thrush has not cleared up by then.

    Is it safe to take Fluconazole for a long time?

    You will normally only be told to take Fluconazole as a single dose to clear thrush. However, if you have a serious infection, your doctor may tell you to take it for longer. Always take Fluconazole for as long as your doctor has told you to.

    What should I do if it doesn’t work?

    If your thrush has not cleared after 7 days of taking Fluconazole, tell your doctor. They may prescribe an alternative medicine or tell you to take Fluconazole for longer.

    Can I drink alcohol with Fluconazole?

    Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while taking Fluconazole.

    Is one pill enough to clear thrush?

    Fluconazole is normally prescribed as a single dose treatment, which is usually sufficient to clear thrush. If your infection is still there after 7 days, tell your doctor.

    Is Fluconazole an antibiotic?

    No, Fluconazole is not an antibiotic, it is an antifungal medicine that is used for fungal infections like thrush.

    How will I know if Fluconazole is working?

    Your thrush symptoms should start to disappear if Fluconazole is working properly. The itching should stop, any unusual discharge you experienced should go away and your usual discharge should return to a normal consistency.

    What if I don’t get a yeast infection treated?

    Left untreated, yeast infections can get worse and cause your symptoms to become more severe, including redness, inflammation and itching. This can cause skin infections. It is important that you get your symptoms treated as soon as possible.

    Does Fluconazole affect fertility?

    Fluconazole is not known to affect the fertility of men or women.

    Should I avoid any food or drink while taking Fluconazole?

    You can continue to eat as usual while you are treating thrush with Fluconazole.

Medically Reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 12/01/2022

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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