What is nystatin?

Nystatin is an antifungal medication.

Oral nystatin is used to treat yeast infections of the mouth.

Nystatin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Nystatin is not absorbed through your stomach. It will not treat fungal infections in any part of your body other than your mouth. Talk to your doctor if you have another type of fungal infection such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, or a vaginal yeast infection.

Oral nystatin is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether nystatin will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether nystatin will harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities during treatment with nystatin unless your doctor directs otherwise.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a nystatin overdose include nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

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Side Effects

Stop taking nystatin and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Side effects are not likely to occur with nystatin. Continue to take nystatin and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • nausea or stomach upset,
  • vomiting, or
  • diarrhea.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

Since nystatin is not absorbed by your body, drug interactions are not expected. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Other Names

Bio-Statin, Mycostatin, Mycostatin Pastilles, Nilstat, Nystat-Rx, nystatin, and Nystex

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