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Your medication guide for yeast infection

Yeast Infection Medications

Usually, people deal with yeast infection treatment on their own, maybe because they recognize the symptoms of chronic yeast infections.  There are many ways in treating yeast infection such as dietary changes, holistic medicine, over the counter remedies or home made therapies.  However, it is essential that you be diagnosed by a doctor first before embarking treatment to ensure that the symptoms are yeast infection related and not just a consequence of some illness.

There are numerous medications available in treating yeast infection, but they only offer temporary and immediate relief of candida symptoms.  If you really want to rid yourself of recurrent candidiasis the best way is to go for natural remedies such as a change in diet and lifestyle in order to prevent candida infection from recurring over and over again.

But, before you embark on treating your yeast infections, I highly recommend that you research first on the root causes of candida infection to better understand the disease.  Usually, for each individual the causes of the problem differ.  Therefore, in order to have a suitable remedy you must be able to pinpoint which is the culprit for your candidiasis and try to avoid it or cure the cause.

Here is a comprehensive list of pharmaceutical medications to treat your candida infection and a bit of details for each.  I hope it will guide you in finding that suitable medicine for your infection.

Nystatin

This is a popular medication for candida-related infections and is available in various forms such as tablets, vaginal creams, powders and topical creams.  Sometimes, the topical creams are available over the counter depending on area of application.

The candida fungus is sensitive to Nystatin and is quite popular for use with babies who have candida diaper rash.  For severe diaper rashes, a mixture of Nystatin Nyaderm topical ointment and 1% hydrocortisone cream is endorsed.

Nystatin oral gel is used to cure oral thrush, which is manifested by white patches inside the oral cavity and is quite sore.  This oral infection is common among infants because babies tend to suck milk while asleep and these milk are sometimes lodged inside the mouth and harbours an environment just right for candida albicans to overgrow resulting to white patches.

So, how does Nystatin treat your candidiasis?  Nystatin is an effective fungus killer because it can break down candida albican’s cell wall leading to the organisms’ death.

Nystatin is sold using several brand names such as: Nyaderm, Mycostatin, Nilstat, Nystop, Nystex, Pedi-Dri, Nadostine and Candistatin.  Remember to finish your treatment time as prescribed by the doctor to avoid the recurrence of the infection and leading to the fungus’ resistance to the previous medication.

Threelac

According to many reviews, it is one of the candida solutions that is effective.  Threelac uses live probiotic flora to eliminate problems with candidiasis.

What is this Threelac, anyway?  It is a formula that has specific types of probiotics like: Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus subtillis and Enterococcus Faecalis.  It also has yeast in little amounts which is the food for the bacteria while in the package.  Once ingested, these bacteria will live on the yeast that is inside our stomach.  Many have attested to its efficacy fairly quickly and for some a few months.

In buying threelac products ensure that the capsules do not disintegrate at once before it reaches your stomach.  Find a product that is packaged perfectly like the probiotic formula is protected from light and oxygen to retain is efficacy.

As with anything there is always a drawback.  Like, availability of threelac is not consistent, some countries have banned it, and for others it comes with an expensive tag.  Others really opt for threelac rather than undergoing a restrictive diet.  All in all the threelac is pretty good because it also has other health benefits such as elevating pH levels and maintaining candida population to its optimum level.

Diflucan

Diflucan is a prescription drug commonly known by its generic name, Fluoconazole.  It is an antifungal drug and can have some mild negative side effect.  Many who have taken it have reported feeling nauseous or dizzy.  If, however you feel that the side effect is quite severe, seek medical help at once.  Diflucan is also a commonly prescribed drug for candida cure, even for young infants though for nursing or pregnant women it’s not.

Just like with any medication, finish Diflucan for the full course of prescribed treatment because if not your yeast infection will recur and it is now resistant to Diflucan.

So how does Diflucan work?  It inhibits the growth of candida albicans and it also kills them.  Diflucan is readily available as an oral medication or injectables.  Doctor’s advice should be asked especially since there could be potential drug interactions especially if you are already under other medications.

Clotrimazole

Clotrimazole has been around since 1967 and is available over the counter.  It can work for oral and esophageal yeast infection, topically for fungal infections and is almost always present in all over the counter yeast infection cures.

Be careful in using Clotrimazole because there is a slim chance that it can cause itchiness or redness when used topically, if you are allergic to it.

Monistat

Monistat, also known as Miconazole or Tioconazole, is commonly prescribed for vaginal candida cure.  This is available over the counter and has several treatment duration options like 1-day yeast infection treatment, 3-day yeast infection treatment and a 7-day yeast infection treatment.

The Monistat brand is the most commonly used over the counter yeast infection remedy.  It is also available in different combinations and usually comes with suppositories and creams to help the vaginal area, both internally and externally.

There are several factors that affect the treatment option.  Thus, it is best to consult a doctor first on which treatment to use because there are yeast infections that are quite strong thus requiring longer treatment.

So, how does Monistat cure your yeast infection?  It basically destroys the cell membrane of the candida yeast thereby leading to its death.  And the varying preparations of this medication have different levels of strength in dealing with yeast infection so; usage also depends on your situation.

Just a precaution, always be careful when under medication and you also take other drugs and supplements simultaneously because these may have opposing effects to each other or to your body.  Just like in taking oral antibiotics while having a yeast infection, the best thing to do before ingesting pills and medications always consult with a physician first.

Amphotericin B

This drug is used to treat systemic yeast infections, these are very serious fungal infections of the body and it is not your usual over the counter drug and it is not also prescribed lightly.  Further, this drug has many potential side effects that can cause organ damage or death.  This drug should only be taken under the supervision of a certified physician.

Some candida infections only affect specific parts of the body; systemic candida impacts the whole body ad the bloodstream and is quite dangerous.  Individuals with problems of the system like HIV and diabetes are at risk for systemic yeast infection.

Though there are many risks associated with Amphotericin B use, there are instances when its use is necessary.  Again, its usage depends on the circumstances and dosage requirements because it damages organs, febrile side effects and is potentially life threatening.

Amphotericin B is given intravenously in the hospital or via a syringe in your doctor’s office.  An oral preparation is also available.  All preparations are quite effective in eliminating the candida fungus and may outweigh the risks associated with its use.

Further, it is quite useful to assess why your body is producing excess yeast and unable to fight it off.  In knowing the answer to this question you will be able to take measures to prevent the recurrence of yeast infection.

Keping this in mind, we regard candida infections as a mere nuisance but it can become serious especially paired with other health conditions present.  Thus, never ignore yeast infections that are recurrent.

Boric Acid

Boric acid, also known as Borax, has proven to be a cheap and effective way of healing candida yeast infection.  Most doctors would prescribe over the counter creams to control the yeast overpopulation and thereby improve the symptoms.

If you are experiencing around four infections in a year, which means that it is recurrent, then Boric acid is recommended.  Boric acid works by effectively damaging the candida fungus thereby eliminating the disease.  Further, when you have a candida infection, you also have an alkaline pH, if boric acid is given, then you are adding an acidic solution to an alkaline environment yielding a proper balance where the fungus cannot thrive.

However, you must keep in mind that boric acid or borax is poisonous and is harmful if not used properly.  If you make it into a capsule and insert in the vagina, it is quite safe and effective.

Here is how to make a capsule:  Use boric acid powder and purchase size “0” gelatine capsule which is found in pharmacies.  Then just fill the capsules and voila it’s finished!  You can now insert it inside your vagina.

Nizoral

In treating localized infections of yeast, Nizoral or ketoconazole has proven to be one of the most effective in treating the source of fungal growth.  Nizoral belongs to the triazoles family of drugs which are fungistatic in nature.

Nizoral works by interfering with the fungus’ growth such as disabling the fungus from building cell walls.  The drug is usually prescribed as an oral medication that should be taken with food and water to prevent an upset stomach.

When taking Nizoral, patients are discouraged from taking antacids for the drug to work effectively because it is most effective when the stomach is acidic.  Further contraindications are:  Warfarin or Coumadin and Xanax or alprazolam.  Patients have complained of dry mouth and light sensitivity when taking Nizoral.  If Nizoral has been prescribed for a long time, like for infections that takes as long as two months to treat, individuals are asked to have frequent blood tests taken to ensure normal endocrine functioning.  Hepatoxicity have also been reported where symptoms are:  itchy skin, pain on the right side of the body at the base of the ribs, abdominal cramping and dark stools or usine.  Patients who have previous liver ailments should avoid Nizoral and triazole altogether.

Nizoral, in particular have been quite effectibve and safe in treating oral thrush that appears as white spots inside the oral cavity.  As with any drugs, patients are hesitant in trying them because of the risk of possible side effects.  However, Nizoral has had a good track record in treating candida infection so you do not have to worry about taking it unless you have previous liver ailments.

If you are experiencing recurrent yeast infection, you can also refer to other topics or modes of yeast infection cure.  Recurrent yeast problems can also be cured without having to use over the counter drugs such as mentioned above.


Source by Paige Anne Carter

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