Information about Nystatin

Nystatin Uses

Nystatin is used in the treatment of fungal skin infections.

How Nystatin works

Nystatin is an antifungal medication. It kills fungi by destroying the fungal cell membrane.

Common side effects of Nystatin

Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness)
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Available Medicine for Nystatin

NistinJawa Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
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Expert advice for Nystatin

  • Nystatin should be applied once or twice a day or as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not use this medicine more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
  • Avoid getting it in the eyes, mouth or nose. Rinse with cold water if you accidentally get it in these areas.
  • Do not cover the area being treated with airtight dressings such as bandages unless directed by a doctor, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
  • Inform your doctor if the treated skin area does not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.

Frequently asked questions for Nystatin


Q. What is Nystatin? What can it be used for?

Nystatin is an antifungal medicine which is used for the treatment against a wide variety of yeasts and yeast-like fungi. Nystatin exerts its antifungal action by damaging the cell membrane of fungi like Candida, thereby stopping its growth. It is used for the prevention and treatment of Candidal infections of the oral cavity, esophagus and intestinal tract. Most commonly, it is used to treat oral thrush (affecting inner lining of mouth) caused by Candida albicans. Nystatin is not active against bacteria, protozoa, or viruses.

Q. Does Nystatin treat ringworms?

Nystatin is not approved for the treatment of ringworm. Nystatin is more effective against yeast infections as compared to the fungus which causes ringworm. Antifungal agents like terbinafine, fluconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole can be used to treat ringworm infections.

Q. Can Nystatin be used on the face?

Yes, Nystatin can be used on face, but do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor. Take care not to apply it in or around your eyes. Also remember that it is ineffective against many common fungal infections and active only against yeast infections. Additionally, it should not be used on bacterial or virus infections.

Q. How do you use Nystatin cream?

Wash the affected area and dry it properly before application of the cream. Apply Nystatin cream to the affected area twice daily until complete healing or as directed by the physician. Remember to wash your hands after applying the medicine. Do not cover or bandage the affected area unless directed by your doctor. When used for diaper rash in infants, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Take care while using this medicine on your face. Avoid any contact with the eyes. Nystatin cream is preferred over ointment in areas like the armpits, the anogenital region, skin folds of the breasts and between the fingers and toes.

Q. What should I do if I forget to use Nystatin?

If you forget to use Nystatin, do not worry and continue using Nystatin as soon as you remember. However, if you are not sure and have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.

Q. Can I stop using Nystatin when I feel better?

No, do not stop using Nystatin without consulting your doctor even if you are feeling better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Therefore, for better and complete treatment, it is advised to continue your treatment for the prescribed duration.


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