What is Nilstat (Nystatin) used for?
Nilstat (Nystatin) is an antifungal medication prescribed to treat a wide variety of fungal infections. It operates by slowing or stopping the reproduction of fungus cells allowing the immune system to eliminate the infection. The cream is commonly used to treat skin infections, the oral solution is used for oral thrush, and the capsules are used to treat infections of the soft tissues, urinary tract, respiratory tract, or lungs. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Nilstat (Nystatin)?
Always follow your physician's instructions while using Nilstat (Nystatin) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The medication comes in three forms: cream, oral suspension, and capsules. The oral forms are normally administered once or twice each day at the prescribed dosage, but your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. The oral solution can be taken on an empty stomach while the capsules should be swallowed with a large glass of water.
When using the cream always rinse the area being treated before each application to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of cream, gently massage it into the skin, and allow any excess medication to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after each administration to prevent the cream from contacting any areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Never stop using any of the forms of medication before being instructed to do so, even if your symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment.
What are the side effects of Nilstat (Nystatin)?
Side effects that may occur while using Nilstat (Nystatin) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include severe skin reactions, intense burning sensations, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the correct changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Nilstat (Nystatin) should not be used by patients who are allergic to nystatin or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. It is also important to inform your physician about any chronic health conditions you have that may cause unexpected health problems during treatment. When using the cream it is not recommended to apply the medication to skin that is broken or severely damaged.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Nilstat (Nystatin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.