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Nystatin (Generic Nystop)
What Is Nystatin?
Nystatin is an antifungal medication that’s used to treat fungal and yeast infections in the mouth and skin.
It can be used as a liquid or an ointment, and will only work to treat infections that are fungal or yeast. This will not work on bacterial or viral infections. Your doctor or healthcare provider might prescribe this medication for other conditions, too.
How Does Nystatin Work?
As Nystatin is what’s called an antifungal medication, the purpose of the drug is to treat fungal infections. When it is used or applied, Nystatin will kill the fungus in your mouth that is causing the infection. The process can take a few days, and you should continue to use this drug for multiple days after your symptoms have cleared up to ensure that it does not come back.
What Is Nystatin Used For?
Fungal infections can develop in the mouth, as well as the lining of the stomach and your intestines.
The purpose of the medication is to counteract the infection by killing the fungus that’s causing it.
Taking the drug will not only stop the growth of fungi in the mouth, stomach, and intestines but will also kill it to prevent it from coming back later on.
Conditions that Nystatin is commonly used to treat:
- Oral Thrush
- Vaginal Yeast Infections
- Diaper Rash
The conditions mentioned above are just some of the few that Nystatin can be used to treat.
What Are the Side Effects of Nystatin?
If you have been prescribed Nystatin, you should be aware of the possible side effects that you might experience when taking the drug. Some of the more common symptoms of Nystatin are:
- Experiencing irritation in the mouth
- Having an upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting after use
- Rashes on your skin
Taking Nystatin may also result in serious side effects, too, and if you experience any of the following you should stop taking this medication and get in touch with your healthcare provider immediately:
- Difficulty breathing after use
- Accelerated heart rate
- Sore throat
- Red or purple rashes on your skin.
The listed side effects are not exhaustive. If you experience any other symptoms that are out of the ordinary, it’s important to seek medical advice and assistance right away.
How to Take Nystatin?
Nystatin may come in multiple different forms with different needs of use. If you have been prescribed oral Nystatin, such as Nystatin liquid, then you should make sure to shake the bottle before use and measure out the correct amount with a syringe or appropriate piece of equipment. Once measured, put the medicine in your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds, while swishing it around. Swallow when you can no longer keep it in your mouth.
Nystatin cream is also an available alternative, which is applied 2 to 3 times each day, and you should use it as your doctor has instructed.
You must ensure that you do not take more of this medication than you have been instructed to, as overdosing can be dangerous. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose.
You must not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.
For more detailed information about Nystatin, you can refer to the following sources:
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Frequently asked questions
What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Nystatin?
While Nystatin is generally safe to take, there are some common side effects that may occur.
The most common Nystatin side effects of oral Nystatin include:
- Mouth irritation
- Upset stomach
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
The most common Nystatin side effects of topical Nystatin include:
- Skin irritation
- Skin irritation
- Temporary burning sensation
What to Avoid While Taking Nystatin?
To ensure the safety of your health, there are certain things that you should avoid while taking Nystatin.
While taking oral Nystatin avoid:
- Alcohol – Alcohol can irritate your gastrointestinal tract and may interact with the medication.
- Eating or Drinking after taking the medication – Eating too soon after taking Nystatin can reduce its efficacy.
- Taking more than the prescribed amount – Overdosing can be dangerous and lead to health complications.
While using topical Nystatin avoid:
- Other topical medication – Applying other topical medication at the same time as Nystatin can affect its efficacy.
- Appling it on broken skin
- Banding or covering the treated area
The things mentioned above are just some things you should avoid while taking Nystatin. Make sure to consult your healthcare provider for a comprehensive list of what you should avoid.
Can I Use Nystatin Cream on My Private Area?
Yes, Nystatin can be used to treat yeast infections in the private area. But it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis first, as Nystatin will not work to treat bacterial infections.
If you’ve been prescribed Nystatin cream, make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions on how to apply it.
How Long Does It Take for Nystatin to Work?
The actual length of time it takes for Nystatin to work will vary from person to person and will depend on the severity and type of the infection, the form of Nystatin being used, and individual patient factors.
In general oral Nystatin, when taken for conditions like oral thrush, should show some improvement within the first few days after taking it. But it takes around a week to treat oral thrush.
For topical Nystatin it usually takes around 7 to 14 days to see a noticeable improvement.
That all said, it’s crucial to note that the exact time for Nystatin to take effect will depend on each individual and their specific condition. Make sure to follow your doctor’s advice and take the medication for as long as they have prescribed. Doing so will ensure that you get the best possible outcome from taking Nystatin.
If you don’t see any improvement after a few days it is important to contact your healthcare provider.
Can You Get Nystatin Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, Nystatin is a prescription-only medication and cannot be purchased over the counter. You must get a valid prescription from your healthcare provider in order to purchase this medication.
Can I Get Nystatin Online?
Yes, you can get an online prescription for Nystatin from DrHouse.
With DrHouse you can start on-demand virtual doctor visits when it’s convenient for you, and get an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescriptions from a board-certified doctor in minutes.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription for Nystatin?
Getting a new online prescription or refilling an existing prescription is easy with DrHouse. All you have to do is follow the steps below:
- Sign up
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app
- Fill in your medical background
- Start an on-demand virtual visit
Once you’ve completed the virtual visit and your doctor is satisfied that Nystatin can help you manage your condition, they will provide you with an online prescription which will either be sent to a pharmacy of your choosing or you can get the medication delivered directly to your door.
What Other Medication Can Be Used to Treat Yeast Infections?
Yeast infections can also be treated with other medication. Some of the most commonly used oral medications for yeast infections include:
- Fluconazole (Diflucan)
- Itraconazole (Sporanox)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Voriconazole (Vfend)
- Posaconazole (Noxafil)
Commonly used topical medications for yeast infections include:
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
- Econazole (Spectazole)
- Oxiconazole (Oxistat)
- Sertaconazole (Ertaczo)
- Naftifine (Naftin)