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Nystatin (nystatin) is an antifungal agent used to treat or prevent fungal infections in a wide variety of circumstances, but the most common use is combating infections caused by the notorious Candida fungus.

Candida is found naturally inside and outside the human body, and due to its prevalence is one of the more common types of fungal infections. It is rare that Candida infections prove life-threatening, but even superficial infections may be unsightly, produce an odor, and can cause itching, pain, and other irritating, disruptive symptoms.

Less commonly nystatin may be used to treat fungal infections caused by something other than Candida. Fungal infections can be difficult to treat and antifungal medications can produce serious side effects; in the interest of time and safety it is always best to have a suspected fungal infection identified by a doctor before initiating treatment so the most effective medication can be used for the shortest period of time.

Choosing the Right Treatment

Nystatin is available in a variety of brand-name products, but the most important consideration is its formulation. As mentioned above, fungal infections can be quite difficult to treat; choosing the most efficient form is often the difference between success or failure in clearing up an infection. The most widely available forms are:

  • Oral suspension or lozenges -- used to treat thrush or other infections in the mouth or throat;
  • Topical creams, lotions or solutions -- used to treat skin or nail infections;
  • Vaginal inserts -- used to treat vaginal yeast infections;
  • Capsules or tablets -- used to treat intestinal or other internal infections.

In very rare cases nystatin may be administered via injection for life-threatening systemic infection; this is done only in hospital settings.

Ideally the medication is applied in the most direct way possible to the infection site; in particularly stubborn infections, usually involving the toenails, both topical and tablet formulations may be utilized.

Nystatin as a Preventive Treatment

Nystatin is also used to prevent fungal infections from developing in patients at high risk of acquiring an infection, or in scenarios where acquiring an infection could prove life-threatening; examples include premature infants, immunocompromised individuals, patients taking immunosuppressive medications and so forth. Due to the severity of these situations dosage and duration of treatment should only be determined by a doctor.

For otherwise healthy individuals the potential side effects of the medication are generally of greater concern than the potential benefit of avoiding a fungal infection; likewise frivolous use of antifungals contributes to drug resistant strains.

Precautions & Adverse Effects

Side effects from most forms of nystatin are rare, and generally restricted to mild irritation at the application site. A small percentage of patients may experience an allergic reaction to this medication or its inactive ingredients; if using topical formulas testing a small patch of skin is advisable.

Side effects are most likely to be encountered when the medication is taken internally, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

The above symptoms are not cause for concern unless severe or persistent.

Interactions with other medications are very unlikely to occur, but it's always a good idea to double-check with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing medications. Mixing topical nystatin with other topical products, even if non-medicated, may reduce its effectiveness.

Check with a doctor before taking this product internally if pregnant or nursing.

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