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SAINSBURYS PHARMACY FLUCONAZOLE 150MG CAPSULE

Active substance(s): FLUCONAZOLE

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[Product Name]
(Fluconazole)
Package Leaflet: Information For the user
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take this medicine
carefully to get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. Before you take this medicine
3. How to take this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Further information

1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
[Product name] is the brand name of this medicine. Each capsule contains 150mg of the
active substance fluconazole.
Fluconazole belongs to a group of drugs called antifungal agents and is used to treat
infections such as thrush.
Fluconazole is used to treat:
• Female vaginal thrush, and can also be used by your partner if he has thrush on his penis.
Thrush is caused by a yeast called Candida albicans, which lives problem free in the bodies
of many women, but occasionally the natural balance that keeps the yeast under control is
disturbed and this results in an infection.
Vaginal Thrush
The most common symptoms are:
• itching around the outside of the vagina
• soreness which becomes worse with rubbing and scratching
• a white, non-smelling discharge from the vagina.
Not every woman who has thrush will have all of these symptoms.
To help prevent thrush coming back it is advised that you:
• wash regularly
• gently dry yourself, as rubbing and scratching can aggravate thrush
• avoid tight synthetic clothing





wear cotton underwear, stockings and loose fitting clothes
avoid perfumed soaps and bath additives
change your sanitary protection frequently.

Thrush may be aggravated by sexual intercourse. Thrush is not VD and is not usually passed
on by sexual contact. However, thrush can be passed to your partner through sexual
intercourse. If your thrush was successfully treated but keeps coming back, it is advised your
partner is seen by a doctor.
Penile Thrush (Candidal Balanitis)
It is important to note that only the male partners of affected women should take this
medicine.
The most common symptoms are:
• soreness and redness of the penis
• tightness of the foreskin
• an abnormal penile discharge.
Not every man who has thrush on his penis will have all of these symptoms.

2. Before you take this medicine
Do NOT take this medicine if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to fluconazole, any of the other ingredients of this medicine
or any antifungals and thrush treatments
• are taking terfanadine or cisapride. (See section “Taking other medicines”).
Take special care with this medicine
Do NOT use this medicine without first talking to your doctor if:
• you are under 16 or over 60 years of age
• you are taking any other medication other than “the Pill” (oral contraceptives)
• you have had thrush more than twice in the last six months
• you have any disease affecting your liver or kidneys or if you have had unexplained
jaundice
• you suffer from any other chronic disease or illness
• you or your partner have had exposure to a sexually transmitted disease
• you are unsure about the cause of your symptoms.
Women only:
• you have abnormal or irregular vaginal bleeding or a blood stained discharge
• you have vaginal or vulval sores, ulcers or blisters
• you are experiencing lower abdominal pain or a burning sensation on passing urine
• you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Men only:
• your sexual partner does not have thrush
• you have penile sores, ulcers or blisters





you have an abnormal penile discharge (leakage)
your penis has started to smell
you have pain on passing urine.

Taking other medicines
Do NOT take this medicine if you are taking:
• terfenadine, an antihistamine
• cisapride used for stomach upsets.
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
• rifampicin, rifabutin (antibiotics)
• diuretics (“water tablets”) such as hydrochlorothiazide
• anticoagulants such as warfarin which prevents blood clots
• sulphonylureas e.g. chlorpropamide, glibenclamide, glipizide and tolbutamide
• phenytoin (used to control epilepsy)
• ciclosporin or tacrolimus (used to reduce the effect of the immune system e.g. to prevent
the rejection of an organ transplant or graft)
• theophylline (used to increase the air flow to the lungs and improve breathing)
• zidovudine (used in HIV-positive patients)
• astemizole (an antihistamine).
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Important information about some of the ingredients of this medicine
• Patients who are intolerant to lactose should note that this medicine contains a small
amount of lactose. If your doctor has told you that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Taking this medicine with food and drink
• This medicine does not interact with alcohol, and may be taken with or without food, at
any time of the day.
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
• Do NOT take this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are
breast-feeding.
• This medicine should not be used in women of child bearing age unless adequate
contraception is used.
Driving and using machines
• This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

3. How to take this medicine
If your doctor has prescribed this medicine, always take this medicine exactly as your doctor
has told you. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.

If you are not sure how to take this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The capsule should be swallowed whole with a drink of water.
• Adults (aged 16 to 60 years of age)
One 150mg capsule is the complete course of treatment.


The Elderly
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients over 60 years of age.



Children
This medicine is not recommended for use in children under 16 years of age.

How quickly will the treatment start to work?
• Your condition should begin to clear up within two days. For some women the effect can
be noticed in one day
• If your condition does not improve after seven days, you should tell your doctor
• You should not take another capsule unless thrush recurs after seven days or more.
• If the thrush recurs more than twice within six months, you should see your doctor.
If you take more of this medicine than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the capsules all together, or if you think a child has
swallowed any of the capsules, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or your
doctor immediately.
Please take this leaflet, any remaining capsules, and the container with you to the hospital or
doctor so that they know which capsules were consumed.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking the capsules and tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at
your nearest hospital if the following happens:
• an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face or neck leading to severe difficulty in
breathing; skin rash or hives).
This is a very serious but rare side effect. You may need urgent medical attention or
hospitalisation.
If you experience an allergic reaction or rash after you take this medicine, you should
never take it again.
The most commonly reported side effects are:
• stomach pain
• diarrhoea
• wind
• feeling sick.

The following side effects have been reported rarely:
• liver problems
• headache
The following side effects have also been reported rarely, but may not be directly due to using
this medicine:
• hair loss
• skin reactions
• blood disorders
• fits.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store this medicine
Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 30°C. Do not transfer the
capsule to another container. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date that is stated on
the outer packaging. 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.
6. Further Information
What this medicine contains:
• The active ingredient is fluconazole.
• The other ingredients are lactose, maize starch, colloidal anhydrous silica, sodium
laurilsulfate and magnesium stearate. The capsule shell contains gelatin and the colours
brilliant blue (E133) and titanium dioxide (E171).
What this medicine looks like and contents of the pack:
• Hard gelatine capsules filled with white to yellowish white homogeneous powder, with a
light blue opaque cap and light blue opaque body.
• This medicine is available in a blister pack containing one 150mg capsule.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation holder is: Galpharm Healthcare Limited, Wrafton, Braunton,
Devon, EX33 2DL, United Kingdom..
The company responsible for manufacture is: TEVA UK Limited, Eastbourne BN22 9AG.
This leaflet was last revised: April 2014
PL 16028/0108

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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