Brand Name:Candistatin, Flagystatin, Mycostatin Topical Powder (Convatec), Mycostatin Vaginal Cream (Squibb), Nyaderm, ratio-Triacomb, Viaderm-K.C.

Prescription needed: Yes

What is this drug used for?

Nystatin belongs to a class of medications called antifungals. It is primarily used (alone or with other medications) to treat many different infections caused by fungus/yeast. It can be used to treat fungal infections of the mouth (thrush), skin, esophagus, intestines and vagina.

Is there any reason not to take this drug?

You should not take this drug if you are allergic to nystatin.

What about possible side effects?

This medication is generally well tolerated. Some possible side effects include:

  • diarrhea, nausea & vomiting (may occasionally occur with high doses of the tablets)
  • rash (from the cream or ointment)
  • vaginal burning or itching not originally present (from vaginal cream)

This is not a complete list of side effects. If you are concerned about these or other unusual symptoms while taking this medication, ask your doctor and/or pharmacist for more information and advice.

What if I am taking other drugs?

There are few interactions with this medication but it is always important to provide your doctor with a list of all other drugs you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and herbal/natural products) as they may interact with and/or may change the safety or effectiveness of either drug.

Other information:

If you are taking this drug for a vaginal yeast infection, be sure that you are wearing natural fibers (e.g., cotton underwear). Keeping your under garments clean at all times will help prevent the infection from returning.

If you are taking the drug for oral infections and you have partial or full dentures, you may have to soak them in a solution of nystatin. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

How to take: If using the oral suspension for thrush, be sure to shake the bottle well before using. Take the prescribed amount into your mouth. Swish and hold in your mouth for as long as possible. Gargle with the medication and then swallow. However, be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist on whether you should swallow this medication as it is sometimes mixed with other medications that cannot be swallowed.

Children: Lower doses are necessary. Talk to your doctor. If using for oral thrush in babies, it is sometimes helpful to use a cotton swab to help get the medication inside the mouth.

Seniors: No specific recommendations for this age group.

Pregnancy: Although there is little information on the safety, this medication in the different forms, has been used. However, you should talk to you your doctor before using this medication.

Women who are nursing: Although there is little information on the safety, this medication in the different forms, has been used. However, you should talk to you your doctor before using this medication.

People who drive or operate machinery: No known problems.

Alcohol: No known problems. If you drink, always drink in moderation.

Overdose: If you experience any unusual reactions or if you seriously exceed the recommended dosage, call your doctor or 911.

Stopping the drug: Talk to your doctor before you stop taking this drug. If you stop this medication early, the infection may return and this medication may no longer work.

If you miss a dose: Take it as soon as you remember and resume your regular schedule. Do not double dose.

Storage conditions: Closed container; cool, dry location away from excess moisture (not in the bathroom) and light; always out of reach of children. Some forms need to be refrigerated; check with your pharmacist.

Dietary precautions: None unless prescribed by your doctor.