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Generic Name: Nystatin Oral Suspension (nye-STA-tin)
Brand Name: Mycostatin

Nystatin Suspension is used for:

Treatment of fungal infections of the mouth. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Nystatin Suspension is an antifungal. It works by weakening cell membranes of the sensitive fungus. This allows the cell contents to leak out and results in death of the fungus.

Do NOT use Nystatin Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Nystatin Suspension

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Nystatin Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Nystatin Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nystatin Suspension. However, no specific interactions with Nystatin Suspension are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Nystatin Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Nystatin Suspension:

Use Nystatin Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If the mouth is affected, place half the dose in each side of the mouth. Swish the medicine around the entire mouth. Retain the dose in your mouth as long as possible before swallowing, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Nystatin Suspension works best if it is taken at the same time every day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, take Nystatin Suspension for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Nystatin Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nystatin Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Practice good oral hygiene, including proper care of dentures, while you are taking Nystatin Suspension.
  • Be sure to use Nystatin Suspension for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Nystatin Suspension while you are pregnant. It is not known if Nystatin Suspension is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Nystatin Suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Nystatin Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; nausea; stomach irritation; upset stomach; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; high blood pressure; nausea; serious irregular heartbeat; vomiting; wheezing.

Proper storage of Nystatin Suspension:

Store Nystatin Suspension at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly-closed, light-resistant container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Nystatin Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Nystatin Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Nystatin Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Nystatin Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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