Nystatin is an antifungal medicine. It stops the growth and spread of fungi in the body and is a prescription-only medicine.
Nystatin may be used in the treatment of different conditions. They include:
- Your healthcare provider can recommend Nystatin if you have mouth infections (thrush) caused by fungi.
- It may be prescribed if you have a fungal infection in the stomach or intestines.
- It may also be given to you if you have a yeast infection in the vagina.
- It is also used to treat skin infections caused by fungi.
Nystatin is a medicine that treats infections caused by fungi or yeast infections. This medicine is not well absorbed in the body, so you cannot use it for fungal infections in the blood. Nystatin is only available on prescription by your healthcare provider. Do not use Nystatin if you have ever had a drug rash or any other reactions while using it before.
Nystatin is available as a tablet and liquid that can be taken by mouth. It is also available in creams and as a powder that you apply to your skin. Nystatin is also available as a hard tablet (pessary) inserted into the vagina for local action. A formulation of nystatin (liposomal nystatin) can be injected in treating invasive Candida and Aspergillus infections.
- Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate form for you, depending on your type of infection.
- Shake the liquid well before using it each time to mix evenly.
- It is essential that you try to keep this medicine in your mouth for some time before swallowing if you are treating a mouth infection.
- In case you forget a dose, then take it as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time for the next dose.
- You should take this medication exactly as prescribed, do not discontinue this medication even if symptoms go away after a few days. This helps to prevent the infection from getting worse.
- If you take more of this medicine than what was prescribed, go to the nearest healthcare provider (with the remaining medicine) and report the overdose.
Nystatin taken by mouth may cause side-effects that may be mild or serious. You may:
- Feel pain in your stomach.
- Pass loose stools frequently.
- Experience difficulty breathing or swallowing.
- Feel irritation or burn in your mouth.
- Feel like vomiting and vomit.
If you are taking nystatin cream:
- You may notice a rash or swelling where you applied the cream.
- You may experience itching where you applied the cream.
This is not a complete list of side effects; you may experience other symptoms. Inform your healthcare provider if these or other symptoms do not go away.
You must inform your healthcare provider if you have any disease condition. This will help them check your risk for any severe unpleasant effects.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to Nystatin or any of the ingredients in nystatin tablets or suspension.
- Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding while taking this medication.