We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Fluconazole?

Tricia Christensen
By
Updated Feb 29, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Fluconazole is medication used to treat fungal infections. It has a number of brand names, of which Diflucan® may be the most well known. It slightly differs from many of the antifungals used to address mild fungal infections because it is stronger, and it’s not always the first treatment doctors will try. Normally the drug is reserved for treatment of more persistent fungal infections, when first line treatments fail, or when people have suppressed immune systems and have trouble resolving infections without aggressive first line treatment.

The most common drug delivery method of fluconazole is oral. If a fungal infection is very severe, the medication can also be delivered intravenously. Dosage varies and is dependent on type of infection and response. Sometimes female yeast infections could be treated with the drug, and the dose might consist of a single pill. In other instances, people will take this medicine one or more times a day for months at a time. There are times when the drug could be used as a preventative if other treatments create high risk for developing severe fungal infections.

Given the strength of fluconazole, side effect profile and drug interactions are predictably higher. Serious complications can occur while taking this medication and may result in intestinal bleeding and extremely severe nausea. The liver may be affected and jaundice might occur, or easy bleeding and bruising can result. Though rare, pronounced skin rash is another concerning side effect, as is allergic reaction, which can create wheezing, hives, swelling of the face, and difficulty breathing. Any of these side effects require immediate medical attention.

Most people will not encounter serious drug side effects from fluconazole, but some people will still have uncomfortable, though not life-threatening reactions to the medicine. It can cause low-grade nausea at all times, mild rash, sensations of dizziness, diarrhea, and headache. Some people adjust to these side effects as they continue to take fluconazole and other people will not experience them at all.

There are medications which may interact with Diflucan®. Among these are most blood thinners, certain tranquilizers, medications used to treat seizures or mood disorders (bipolar), and some medications used in the treatment of HIV. This last group is especially important because people with HIV/AIDS can develop aggressive and opportunistic fungal infections that may be hard to treat without medicines like fluconazole. Patients are advised to be cautious by giving doctors a list of all current medications including herbs, supplements and over the counter drugs, so physicians can determine if any other medications might need to be adjusted or if too much risk exists to use Diflucan®.

In most cases, fluconazole can be an exceptionally useful drug. It’s not recommended for pregnant women, and may be contraindicated if people have kidney or liver damage, or if they have heart conditions that show a long QT interval on an electrocardiogram. There may be other contraindications, and doctors should be well acquainted with patient history prior to prescribing this medication.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGEEK contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

Tricia Christensen

Tricia Christensen

Writer

With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGEEK contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.