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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Nystatin Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(nye STAT in)

U.S. Brand Names

Nyamyc™; Nystat-Rx®; Nystop®; Pedi-Dri®

Canadian Brand Names

Candistatin®; Nyaderm; PMS-Nystatin

Mexican Brand Names

Mibesan-S; Nistaquim; Nizin-V

Pharmacologic Category

Antifungal Agent, Oral Nonabsorbed; Antifungal Agent, Topical; Antifungal Agent, Vaginal

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to nystatin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Nystatin works to injure the yeast and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

All forms:

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.


• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Clean affected area before use. Make sure to dry well.

• Apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in gently.

• Sprinkle powder over affected area.

• If using for athlete's foot, you can sprinkle in shoes and socks.


• Use tablet vaginally.

• Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

• Wash hands before and after use.


• A liquid (suspension) is available. Shake well before use. Swish it in mouth as long as possible before swallowing.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Number of yeast infections. If these occur often, talk with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

• Read the package insert for more details.

Created: 2006-10-13 14:38:18.0

Modified: 2010-03-19 11:46:47.0

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