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