Fluconazole 150 mg, whenever you see or hear this medication’s name, you will automatically know that you have some kind of fungal infection in your body especially when you have used it in the past. Fluconazole 150 mg is a type of antifungal medicine that can be given to the patient either intravenously or orally. Fluconazole 150 mg can effectively treat a wide variety of fungal infections such as infections of the mouth, bloodstream, throat, vagina in which the agent organism causing the infection is the Candida specie.
Aside from that, fluconazole 150 mg can also be useful in helping to prevent infections from occurring in patients with rather already weak or weakened immune systems. Such patients include premature infants, patients who have undergone transplant surgery, and patients who have developed neutropenia as an end result of cancer chemotherapy and radiation. The main action of fluconazole 150 mg in one’s body is that it efficiently interferes with the creation or synthesis of the cell membrane of each fungal cell that causes the infection.
Fluconazole 150 mg was first distributed in the year 1990 and it was mainly developed and concocted by Pfizer scientists. Today, fluconazole 150 mg is available worldwide as a very inexpensive yet highly effective generic drug meant for eliminating specific fungal infections.
Fluconazole 150 mg can treat and/or prevent a number of fungal infections, including:
- Non-systemic Candida infections of the throat, mouth and vagina (also called yeast infection).
- Systemic Candida infections in patients with rather health immune systems such as infections in the joints, kidney or bloodstream.
- As a second choice of treatment for cases of a CNS (central nervous system) fungal infection called cryptococcal meningitis.
- Prevents the occurrence of Candida infection in those who already have very weak immune systems such as premature babies, patients who have had transplant procedures, people with HIV infections that are advanced, and patients who developed neutropenia as a result of their cancer chemotherapy.
The dose of fluconazole is mainly based on the severity and nature of the infection-causing fungi. If the treatment of the fungal infection requires multiple doses of fluconazole, then it should be continuous up until the lab tests or clinical parameters have indicated that the activity of the fungal infection has ceased. If the treatment is inadequate (abrupt cessation), then this can result to a recurrence of the fungal infection.
Fluconazole 150 mg can be given to patients who have acute vaginal candidiasis or candidal balanitis, as a single dose. As for prophylaxis and treatment of recurrent vaginal candidiasis (about 4 or more times a year), then the patient has to take fluconazole 150 mg every 3rd day for a total of 3 doses (days 1, 4 and 7), and then followed by another 150 mg once per week for the maintenance dose, which shall be taken for up to 6 months.
Fluconazole 150 mg is sold worldwide as a solitary 150-mg dose and can be availed as an over the counter drug. Depending on the country or area, fluconazole 150 mg is known by different brands such as Monicure, Monistat, Canesten, Diflucan, Fungican, Candivast, Alfumet, Dofil, Zocon, etc. While we mostly know that fluconazole 150 mg is available as a tablet, it can also be available in the form of lotion, eye drop, transgel and dusting powder.