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FLUCONAZOLE 100MG CAPSULES

Active substance: FLUCONAZOLE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Fluconazole 50mg Capsules
Fluconazole 100mg Capsules
Fluconazole 150mg Capsules
Fluconazole 200mg Capsules
Fluconazole
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Fluconazole Capsules are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Fluconazole Capsules
3. How to take Fluconazole Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Fluconazole Capsules
6. Further information
1. What Fluconazole Capsules are and what they are used for
Fluconazole is one of a group of medicines called “antifungals”. The active substance is fluconazole.
Fluconazole is used to treat infections caused by fungi and may also be used to stop you from getting a
candidal infection. The most common cause of fungal infections is yeast called Candida.
Adults
You might be given this medicine by your doctor to treat the following types of fungal infections:
Cryptococcal meningitis – a fungal infection in the brain
Coccidioidomycosis – a disease of the bronchopulmonary system
Infections caused by Candida and found in the blood stream, body organs (e.g. heart, lungs) or
urinary tract
Mucosal thrush - infection affecting the lining of the mouth, throat and denture sore mouth
Genital thrush – infection of the vagina or penis
Skin infections - e.g. athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, nail infection
You might also be given Fluconazole Capsules to:
stop cryptococcal meningitis from coming back
stop mucosal trush from coming back
reduce recurrence of vaginal trush
stop you from getting an infection caused by Candida (if your immune system is weak and not
working properly)
Children and adolescents (0 to 17 years old)
You might be given this medicine by your doctor to treat the following types of fungal infections:
Mucosal thrush - infection affecting the lining of the mouth, throat
Infections caused by Candida and found in the blood stream, body organs (e.g. heart, lungs) or
urinary tract
Cryptococcal meningitis – a fungal infection in the brain

You might also be given Fluconazole Capsules to:
stop you from getting an infection caused by Candida (if your immune system is weak and not
working properly).
stop cryptococcal meningitis from coming back
2. Before you take Fluconazole Capsules
Do not take Fluconazole Capsules if you
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are allergic (hypersensitive) to fluconazole, to other medicines you have taken to treat fungal infections,
or any of the other ingredients of Fluconazole Capsules. The symptoms may include itching, reddening
of the skin or difficulty in breathing

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are taking astemizole, terfenadine (antihistamine medicines for allergies)
are taking cisapride (used for stomach upsets)
are taking pimozide (used for treating mental illness)
are taking quinidine (used for treating heart arrhythmia)
are taking erythromycin (an antibiotic for treating infections)

If any of the above apply to you and you have not already discussed this with your doctor or pharmacist, you
should do so as soon as possible and before taking Fluconazole Capsules.

Take special care with Fluconazole Capsules
Tell your doctor if you
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have liver or kidney problems
suffer from heart disease, including heart rhythm problems
have abnormal levels of potassium, calcium or magnesium in your blood
develop sever skin reactions (itching, reddening of the skin or difficulty in breathing)

Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor immediately if you are taking astemizole, terfenadine (an antihistamine for treating
allergies) or cisapride (used for stomach upsets) or pimozide (used for treating mental illness) or quinidine
(used for treating heart arrhythmia) or erythromycin (an antibiotic for treating infections) as these should not
be taken with Fluconazole Capsules (see section: “Do not take Fluconazole Capsules”).
There are some medicines that may interact with fluconazole. Make sure your doctor knows if you are
taking any of the following medicines:
rifampicin or rifabutin (antibiotics for infections)
alfentanil, fentanyl (used as anaesthetic)
amitriptyline, nortriptyline (used as anti-depressant)
amphotericin B, voriconazole (anti-fungal)
medicines that thin the blood to prevent blood clots (warfarin or similar medicines)
benzodiazepines (midazolam, triazolam or similar medicines) used to help you sleep or for anxiety
carbamazepine, phenytoin (used for treating fits)
nifedipine, isradipine, amlodipine felodipine and losartan (for hypertension- high blood pressure)
ciclosporin, everolimus , sirolimus or tacrolimus (to prevent transplant rejection)
cyclosphosphamide, vinca alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine or similar medicines) used for treating
cancer
halofantrine (used for treating malaria)
statins (atorvastatin, simvastatin and fluvastatin or similar medicines) used for reducing high
cholesterol levels

methadone (used for pain)
celecoxib, flurbiprofen, naproxen, ibuprofen, lornoxicam, meloxicam, diclofenac (Non-Steroidal AntiInflammatory Drugs (NSAID))
oral contraceptives
prednisone (steroid)
zidovudine, also known as AZT; saquinavir (used in HIV-infected patients)
medicines for diabetes such as chlorpropamide, glibenclamide, glipizide or tolbutamide
theophylline (used to control asthma)
vitamin A (nutritional supplement)

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Fluconazole Capsules with food and drink
You can take your medicine with or without a meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding. You should not take
fluconazole while you are pregnant or breast-feeding unless your doctor has told you to.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
When driving vehicles or using machines, it should be taken into account that occasionally dizziness or fits
may occur.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Fluconazole Capsules
This medicine contains a small amount of lactose (milk sugar).. If you have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some sugars, please contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take Fluconazole Capsules
Always take your medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. It is best to take your capsules at the same time each day.
The usual doses of this medicine for different infections are below:
Adults
Condition
Dose
To treat cryptococcal meningitis
400 mg on the first day then 200 mg to 400 mg once daily
for 6 to 8 weeks or longer if needed. Sometimes doses are
increased up to 800 mg
To stop cryptococcal meningitis from 200 mg once daily until you are told to stop
coming back
To treat coccidioidomycosis
200 mg to 400 mg once daily from 11 months for up to 24
months or longer if needed. Sometimes doses are increased
up to 800 mg
To treat internal fungal infections caused 800 mg on the first day then 400 mg once daily until you
by Candida
are told to stop
To treat mucosal infections affecting the 200 mg to 400 mg on the first day then 100 mg to 200 mg
lining of mouth, throat and denture sore until you are told to stop

mouth
To treat mucosal thrush – dose depends on
where the infection is located
To stop mucosal infections affecting the
lining of mouth, throat
To treat genital thrush
To reduce recurrence of vaginal trush

50 mg to 400 mg once daily for 7 to 30 days until you are
told to stop
100 mg to 200 mg once daily, or 200 mg 3 times a week,
while you are at risk of getting an infection
150 mg as a single dose
150 mg every third day for a total of 3 doses (day 1, 4 and
7) and then once a week for 6 months while you are at risk
of getting an infection
To treat fungal skin and nail infections
Depending on the site of the infection 50 mg once daily,
150 mg once weekly, 300 to 400 mg once weekly for 1 to 4
weeks (Athlete’s foot may be up to 6 weeks, for nail
infection treatment until infected nail is replaced)
To stop you from getting an infection 200 mg to 400 mg once daily while you are at risk of
caused by Candida (if your immune system getting an infection
is weak and not working properly)
Adolescents from 12 to 17 years old
Follow the dose prescribed by your doctor (either adults or children posology).
Children to 11 years old
The maximum dose for children is 400 mg daily.
The dose will be based on the child’s weight in kilograms.
Condition
Mucosal thrush and throat infections caused by
Candida – dose and duration depends on the severity
of the infection and on where the infection is located
Cryptococcal meningitis or internal fungal infections
caused by Candida
To stop children from getting an infection caused by
Candida (if their immune system is not working
properly)

Daily dose
3 mg per kg of body weight (6 mg per kg of
body weight might be given on the first day)
6 mg to 12 mg per kg of body weight
3 mg to 12 mg per kg of body weight

Use in children 0 to 4 weeks of age
Use in children of 3 to 4 weeks of age:
The same dose as above but given once every 2 days. The maximum dose is 12 mg per kg of body weight
every 48 hours.
Use in children less than 2 weeks old:
The same dose as above but given once every 3 days. The maximum dose is 12 mg per kg of body weight
every 72 hours.
Doctors sometimes prescribe different doses to these. Always take your medicine exactly as your doctor has
told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Elderly
The usual adult dose should be given unless you have kidney problems..
Patients with kidney problems
Your doctor may change your dose, depending on your kidney function.

If you take more Fluconazole Capsules than you should

Taking too many capsules at once may make you unwell. Contact your doctor or your nearest hospital
casualty department at once. The symptoms of a possible overdose may include hearing, seeing, feeling and
thinking things that are not real (hallucination and paranoid behaviour). Symptomatic treatment (with
supportive measures and gastric lavage if necessary) may be adequate..
If you forget to take Fluconazole Capsules
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you
remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, do not take the dose that you missed.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Fluconazole Capsules can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
A few people develop allergic reactions although serious allergic reactions are rare. If you get any of the
following symptoms, tell your doctor immediately.
Sudden wheezing, difficulty in breathing or tightness in the chest
Swelling of eyelids, face or lips
Itching all over the body reddening of the skin or itchy red spots
Skin rash
Severe skin reactions such as a rash that causes blistering (this can affect the mouth and tongue).
Fluconazole may affect your liver. The signs of liver problems include:
Tiredness
Loss of appetite
Vomiting
Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
If any of these happen, stop taking Fluconazole Capsules and tell your doctor immediately.
Other side effects:
Additionally, if any of the following side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Common side effects, which affect 1 to 10 users in 100 are listed below:
Headache
Stomach discomfort,Diarrhoea,Feeling sick,Vomiting
Increases in blood tests of liver function
Rash
Uncommon side effects which affect 1 to 10 users in 1,000 are listed below:
Reduction in red blood cells which can make skin pale and cause weakness or breathlessness
Decreased appetite, Inability to sleep, Feeling drowsy
Fit, Dizziness, Sensation of spinning, tingling, pricking or numbness, Changes in sense of taste,
Constipation, Difficult digestion, Wind, Dry mouth
Muscle pain
Liver damage and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Wheals, Blistering (hives), Itching, Increased sweating
Tiredness, General feeling of being unwell, Fever
Rare side effects which affect 1 to 10 users in 10,000 are listed below:
Lower than normal white blood cells that help defend against infections and blood cells that help to
stop bleeding

Red or purple discoloration of the skin which may be caused by low platelet count,
Other blood cell changes
Blood chemistry changes (high blood levels of cholesterol, fats)
Low blood potassium
Shaking
Abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG), Change in heart rate or rhythm
Liver failure
Allergic reactions (sometimes severe), including widespread blistering rash and skin peeling, severe
skin reactions, swelling of the lips or face
Hair loss
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
5. How to store Fluconazole Capsules
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package. Do not
use Fluconazole Capsules after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after expiry date. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

Further information
What Fluconazole Capsules contain
• The active substance is fluconazole. Each capsule contains either 50mg, 100mg, 150mg, or 200mg
fluconazole.
• The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, sodium laurilsulfate, colloidal anhydrous
silica and magnesium stearate.
The capsule shell contains:
50mg: titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172), indigo carmine (E132) and gelatin. 100mg and
150mg: titanium dioxide (E171), patent blue V (E131) and gelatin.
200mg: titanium dioxide (E171) and gelatin.
The ink contains shellac glaze, black iron oxide (E172), industrial methylated spirit 74 OP, n-butyl alcohol,
propylene glycol (E1520) and isopropyl alcohol.
What Fluconazole Capsules look like and contents of the pack
50mg: green and white capsules with imprint FLUCO 50.
100mg: blue and white capsules with imprint FLUCO 100.
150mg: blue capsules with imprint FLUCO 150.
200mg: white capsules with imprint FLUCO 200.
Fluconazole Capsules are available in blister packs of:
50mg: 7, 14 or 28 capsules
100mg: 7, 10, 20 or 50 capsules
150mg: 1, 2 or 4capsules
200mg: 7, 20 or 50 capsules.
Not all pack sizes maybe marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder

PLIVA Pharma Ltd, Vision House, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3QB.
Manufacturer
Teva Operations Poland Sp.z.o.o., ul Mogilska 80, 31-546 Krakow, Poland.
PL 10622/0129
PL 10622/0130
PL 10622/0132
PL 10622/0133
This leaflet was last revised in July 2014

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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