Q. What is FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET used for?
FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is an antifungal medicine. It is used for the treatment of many fungal infections like Cryptococcal meningitis (fungal infection in the brain) and Coccidioidomycosis (a disease of the lungs). Additionally, it is helpful in the treatment of infections caused by Candida found in the bloodstream, body organs (e.g., heart, lungs) or urinary tract, mucosal thrush (infection affecting the lining of the mouth, throat and denture sore mouth) and genital thrush (infection of the vagina or penis). It can also be used to treat skin infections like athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, nail infection.
Q. Can FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET be taken with oral contraceptives (OCPs) or birth control pills?
FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET has been reported to have a minor interaction when taken with estradiol (a component of oral contraceptives). It can increase the level or effect of estradiol when given along with it. Before starting the treatment with FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills.
Q. Can FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET cause hair loss?
FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET may cause hair loss as a rare side effect. If during the treatment you experience hair loss, inform your doctor.
Q. Is FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET effective?
Yes, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is effective when used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.
Q. Is FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET fungistatic or fungicidal?
FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is primarily fungistatic which means it controls the growth of fungus). However, it may also act as a fungicidal (kills fungus) medicine against certain organisms, specifically Cryptococcus in a dose-dependent manner, specifically Cryptococcus.
Q. Does FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET treat urinary tract infection (UTI)?
FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is used to treat urinary tract infection (UTI) caused mainly by Candida. However, bacteria growth can also cause UTI in some cases. If you are suffering from UTI, please consult your doctor as the cause of infection (fungal or bacterial or other) needs to be identified before the start of any treatment.
Q. Can I take FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET with alcohol?
Yes, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET can be taken with alcohol. No interactions have been reported between the two. However, it is better to consult your doctor on the use of alcohol before taking FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET to avoid any side effects and get maximum benefit of FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET?
If you have missed a dose of FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. Can I take FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET for yeast infection?
Yes, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET can be used for the treatment of yeast (candidal) infection. However, if you think you are suffering from a yeast infection, consult your doctor. This is because proper diagnosis is required before starting any therapy.
Q. Is FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET a steroid?
No, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is not a steroid. FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET belongs to a group of medicines called antifungals.
Q. Does FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET treat bacterial vaginosis?
No, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET does not treat bacterial vaginosis as it is not active against any bacteria. FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is used to treat infection of the vagina caused by Candida (a fungal infection). If you think you are suffering from bacterial vaginosis, consult your doctor. This is because diagnosis of your infection (whether it is fungal or bacterial) is required to start your treatment.
Q. Does FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET make you feel tired?
Yes, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET can make you feel tired. If you experience excessive tiredness during the treatment with this medicine, consult your doctor. The reason for tiredness could be a sign of an underlying liver problem as FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET can affect your liver.
Q. Is FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET over the counter (OTC)?
No, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is not an over the counter (OTC) product. It is available only when prescribed by your doctor.
Q. Is FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET safe to be used in pregnancy?
No, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is not safe to be used in pregnancy. Studies suggest that the use of FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET during pregnancy is harmful for the development of the baby. Therefore, FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET is prescribed in pregnant women only if the benefits of the medicine outweigh the risks involved. However, if a woman gets pregnant during the treatment with FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET, she must be well informed about the potential harm to the baby. If you are planning to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding, inform your doctor before taking FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET.
Q. I feel better now, can I stop taking FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET?
No, you should not stop taking FLUNOVA 150 MG TABLET suddenly without consulting your doctor. This is because suddenly stopping the medication may worsen your condition and your infection may return. Continue your medication even if you feel better as your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Stopping the medication too early could allow the fungus to continue to grow and hence, prevent complete healing.