Q. What is Flutec 150mg Tablet used for?
Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet be taken with oral contraceptives (OCPs) or birth control pills?
Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills.
Q. Can Flutec 150mg Tablet cause hair loss?
Flutec 150mg Tablet may cause hair loss as a rare side effect. If during the treatment you experience hair loss, inform your doctor.
Q. Is Flutec 150mg Tablet effective?
Yes, Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.
Q. Is Flutec 150mg Tablet fungistatic or fungicidal?
Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet treat urinary tract infection (UTI)?
Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet with alcohol?
Yes, Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet to avoid any side effects and get maximum benefit of Flutec 150mg Tablet.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Flutec 150mg Tablet?
If you have missed a dose of Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet for yeast infection?
Yes, Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet a steroid?
No, Flutec 150mg Tablet is not a steroid. Flutec 150mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called antifungals.
Q. Does Flutec 150mg Tablet treat bacterial vaginosis?
No, Flutec 150mg Tablet does not treat bacterial vaginosis as it is not active against any bacteria. Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet make you feel tired?
Yes, Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet can affect your liver.
Q. Is Flutec 150mg Tablet over the counter (OTC)?
No, Flutec 150mg Tablet is not an over the counter (OTC) product. It is available only when prescribed by your doctor.
Q. Is Flutec 150mg Tablet safe to be used in pregnancy?
No, Flutec 150mg Tablet is not safe to be used in pregnancy. Studies suggest that the use of Flutec 150mg Tablet during pregnancy is harmful for the development of the baby. Therefore, Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg 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 Flutec 150mg Tablet.
Q. I feel better now, can I stop taking Flutec 150mg Tablet?
No, you should not stop taking Flutec 150mg 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.