Diflucan is a treatment for nail fungus and other types of fungal infections found in the lungs, mouth, skin and bladder. Compared to the usual anti-fungal treatments, Diflucan comes in a tablet form that is taken orally. This is usually taken once a day to treat or prevent the growth of fungi thus preventing it from causing an infection. Even though there are no visible signs of infection, it can still be used as a preventive treatment to avoid the various complications that come with fungal infections.
Diflucan’s active ingredient is Fluconazole, which is a fungicide that directly kills fungi upon contact with them. It does so by inhibiting the P450 enzyme 14α-demethylase found in fungi. This prevents and destroys the formation of the fungal cell membrane, thus causing the cell’s contents to leak out and eventually die.
One problem with Diflucan is that it is rather harsh to use which is why it is only used by prescription. Some of its harmful side effects include allergic skin reactions and irritations to the throat and mouth. The skin may turn yellow and urine color may also change. Aside from these, the more serious side effects can include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. This is why it is recommended that medication be stopped at once if any of these side effects should appear. It is not suitable for people who have a history of liver, kidney or heart conditions as this has the potential to worsen conditions in these organs. Also, pregnant women and children are advised not to take this medication.
Diflucan is more often used for preventive purposes rather than treating fungal infections, although it is just as effective. This treatment can prevent many types of fungal infections, especially systemic infections that can cause a lot of serious complications within the body. However, if you want to use this as a treatment for toenail fungal infections, it would be possible as long as you get a prescription from a doctor. Since it is a very strong drug, this would not be advised especially if the infection is only a superficial one.
• Makes use of a very strong antifungal agent in fluconazole
• Can be used to prevent and treat most types of fungal infections
• Can have a lot of serious side effects
• Not very safe to use especially for children and those who are pregnant as well as those with serious liver, kidney and heart problems.
Needs prescription, cannot be bought from the drugstore