What Are the Possible Side Effects of Diflucan?
Diflucan, also known as fluconazole, is an antifungal drug that is used for the treatment of candidiasis and other fungal infections. It is what doctors call a “second line of treatment” for fungal diseases. Other antifungals are usually prescribed first before fluconazole. When these fail to produce the desired cure, or when the person cannot tolerate them because of some adverse effects, Diflucan fluconazole may then be given. The reason for this has to do with the greater potency of diflucan and the side effects associated with it.
There are many possible Diflucan side effects, including headaches, nausea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, skin rashes, taste disturbances, and allergic reactions. When itchiness, hives, skin rashes or discoloration, difficulty breathing, and fever are experienced, the person may be allergic to diflucan. Its use should be discontinued straight away, and the doctor should be informed so that another antifungal may be prescribed.
There are also more severe diflucan side effects, and these are heart palpitations or disturbances in the normal heart rhythm, fainting, jaundice, high fever, and liver dysfunction. These are rare, and they can usually be avoided by consulting properly with a qualified medical practitioner, and by strictly following his instructions regarding intake of the drug. Doctors will generally not prescribe diflucan to persons with liver, heart or kidney problems, nor to pregnant women and nursing mothers. The drug is potentially harmful to them, the unborn child, or the nursing baby.
Unpleasant Diflucan side effects may also be prevented by avoiding certain drugs that are known to have unfavorable interactions with fluconazole. These drugs include certain diuretics, blood thinners, contraceptives, cisapride, pimozide, red yeast rice, anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, and some medications for the management of diabetes and high cholesterol levels. If a person is already taking any of these drugs, his doctor may prescribe an antifungal other than diflucan fluconazole. Alternatively, his doctor may adjust the dosage of either diflucan or the other drug that adversely interacts with Diflucan.
It is therefore vitally important that the person fully discloses information about any and all medications he is taking at present, or has recently taken, when he consults with a doctor.
Alcohol is another substance that should be avoided to avoid experiencing unpleasant diflucan side effects. Diflucan fluconazole, like other “azole” drugs and antibiotics, produces what is called the “disulfiram effect.” Disulfiram is a drug that makes a person highly sensitive to alcohol. When he drinks alcohol while on disulfiram, he experiences severe nausea and vomiting, acute anxiety, restlessness, migraines, mental confusion, visual disturbances, hypertension, and severe hangover symptoms. The experience is so intense and unpleasant that he will altogether avoid alcohol. Disulfiram is therefore an effective cure for alcoholism.
With Diflucan use, one will also experience the disulfiram effect, but probably less intensely. Nonetheless, there will be unpleasant diflucan side effects when the person drinks alcohol, hence it is better to avoid alcohol altogether. It must be also remembered that alcohol can cause liver damage, and this is one more reason why it should be avoided. Both Diflucan and alcohol are potentially harmful to the liver, and combining the two will surely result in intensified diflucan side effects.