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Diflucan: Common questions

Diflucan: Get the right treatment

Many women misdiagnose themselves with a yeast infection. One recent study focused on 95 women who were about to buy an over-the-counter yeast infection medication. The women were intercepted at pharmacies and asked if they would be willing to see a physician about their condition. The clinical examination showed that a high percentage of these women had misdiagnosed their condition.

This confusion may occur because the symptoms of other vaginal conditions can resemble a yeast infection. Conditions called trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis can also cause discharge and vaginal itching, like a yeast infection. This is why seeing your doctor is so important. Getting the right diagnosis leads to the right treatment.

Find out if you might have a yeast infection. But remember, only your physician can reliably diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment. If it is a yeast infection, ask about Diflucan, the only oral treatment for vaginal yeast infections. A single Diflucan dose is just 1 pill, 1 time — with no mess. Also, Diflucan is accepted by 97% of managed care formularies nationwide. And even if Diflucan is not covered by your insurance plan, Diflucan may be competitively priced with cream treatments, so ask your pharmacist.

Are there long-term consequences of yeast infections?

Not usually. Most vaginal yeast infections are not serious. But yeast infections are very common. About 75% of women will have at least one yeast infection during their lifetime, and about half of them will have more than one. Yeast infections are one of the most common reasons women visit a doctor.

How long has Diflucan been around for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections?

Diflucan was officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections in 1994. Since then, Diflucan has been prescribed more than 36 million times — making it the #1 doctor-prescribed treatment for vaginal yeast infections, and confirming that it’s a treatment that doctors and healthcare professionals believe in.

Can I use Diflucan with oral contraceptives?

In a study conducted among 21 women using oral contraceptives and Diflucan, Diflucan was found to slightly raise the levels of the key component (ethinyl estradiol) in many oral contraceptives that makes them effective against getting pregnant. In addition, only 3 of the 21 patients experienced slight decreases in the levels of the other key component (norethindrone). This suggests Diflucan does not compromise the effectiveness of oral contraceptives at doses used to treat vaginal yeast infections.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of each patient.

When should I take Diflucan?

To get the fastest possible relief from your symptoms, take Diflucan as soon as you pick up the prescription. The tablet should be taken by mouth and swallowed. It’s a single treatment that can be taken any time, day or night, with or without food, and anywhere.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of each patient.

How can an oral medication be effective for a vaginal condition?

Although Diflucan is taken orally, Diflucan penetrates deep into the vaginal tissue for up to 3 days fighting the infection. Once you take it, you will probably feel the onset of symptom relief within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, you should call your doctor.

Is Diflucan safe?

Diflucan has a well-established safety record. In a study of 448 women who took a single dose of Diflucan, the side effects experienced were mild to moderate in nature, the most common being headache (13%), nausea (7%), and abdominal pain (6%). With Diflucan, there is an increased risk of side effects compared with creams so you should talk to your doctor.

To find out more about Diflucan, please see our product information. No matter what type of treatment you use for a vaginal yeast infection, make sure to tell your doctor or other healthcare professional about any side effects you experience.

How can an oral medication be effective on a vaginal condition?

Although Diflucan is taken orally, Diflucan penetrates deep into the vaginal tissue for up to 3 days fighting the infection. Once you take it, you will probably feel the onset of symptom relief within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, you should call your doctor.

How effective is Diflucan?

Diflucan is as effective as Monistat® 7 — and it’s 1 pill, 1 time, and no mess. Even though Diflucan is taken orally, Diflucan can penetrate deep into the vaginal tissue. Once you take it, you will probably feel the onset of symptom relief within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). However, Diflucan will remain in the vaginal tissue for up to 3 days fighting the infection. For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin and may take as long as 9 days. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, you should call your doctor.

Do most women prefer Diflucan or creams?

A survey conducted of women who tried both Diflucan and vaginally inserted treatments showed that 9 out of 10 (n=120/134) preferred Diflucan. And, since Diflucan was approved for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections, it’s been prescribed more than 36 million times. Diflucan is the #1 doctor-prescribed yeast infection medication. So when your doctor prescribes Diflucan, you can feel confident that you are getting a treatment he or she believes in.

Why did I get a yeast infection?

It’s not certain why some women get vaginal yeast infections and others don’t. Certain risk factors — which may include taking antibiotics, using oral contraceptives, and having uncontrolled diabetes — may contribute to creating an imbalance in the vaginal environment. When that happens, there can be an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that is normally a harmless part of the vaginal environment. The overgrowth of Candida can lead to a vaginal yeast infection.

Are there long-term consequences of yeast infections?

Not usually. Most vaginal yeast infections are not serious. But yeast infections are very common. About 75% of women will have at least one yeast infection during their lifetime, and about half of them will have more than one. Yeast infections are one of the most common reasons women visit a doctor.

What are the medications available to treat yeast infections?

There are quite a few medications available to treat yeast infections, including creams and suppositories that don’t require a prescription. Many of these treatments should be used at bedtime and for multiple days.

Diflucan is the only oral medication approved to treat yeast infections — it is 1 pill, 1 time. Diflucan has been proven to be as effective as 7 days of Monistat 7.

How long before my yeast infection symptoms go away?

With Diflucan, you should notice some relief of your symptoms within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin and may take as many as 9 days. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, call your doctor or other healthcare professional.

How can an oral medication be effective for a vaginal condition?

Although Diflucan is taken orally, Diflucan penetrates deep into the vaginal tissue for up to 3 days fighting the infection. Once you take it, you will probably feel the onset of symptom relief within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, you should call your doctor.

How fast will Diflucan work?

Once you take Diflucan, it will begin to work and will continue to work over the next several days. You will probably notice some relief of your symptoms within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin and may take as many as 9 days. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, call your doctor or other healthcare professional.

When should I take Diflucan?

To get the fastest possible relief from your symptoms, take Diflucan as soon as you pick up the prescription. The tablet should be taken by mouth and swallowed. It’s a single treatment that can be taken any time, day or night, with or without food, and anywhere.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of each patient.

Can I use Diflucan with oral contraceptives?

In a study conducted among 21 women using oral contraceptives and Diflucan, Diflucan was found to slightly raise the levels of the key component (ethinyl estradiol) in many oral contraceptives that makes them effective against getting pregnant. In addition, only 3 of the 21 patients experienced slight decreases in the levels of the other key component (norethindrone). This suggests Diflucan does not compromise the effectiveness of oral contraceptives at doses used to treat vaginal yeast infections.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare professional. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare professional, considering the unique characteristics of each patient.

How long has Diflucan been around for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections?

Diflucan was officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections in 1994. Since then, Diflucan has been prescribed more than 36 million times — making it the #1 doctor-prescribed treatment for vaginal yeast infections and confirming it’s a treatment that doctors and healthcare professionals believe in.

Will Diflucan cost me more than cream treatments?

Probably not. Diflucan is accepted by 97% of managed care formularies nationwide. And even if Diflucan is not covered by your insurance plan, Diflucan may be competitively priced with cream treatments, so ask your pharmacist.

Diflucan: No more messy creams? Neat!

If you’ve treated a vaginal yeast infection before with creams, you know it can be messy. You also know that you may have to wait until bedtime to begin treatment. It doesn’t have to be this way. Consider Diflucan, the only oral treatment for vaginal yeast infections.

With Diflucan, treatment is convenient, easy, and neat. In fact, a survey of women who tried both Diflucan and vaginally inserted treatments showed that 9 out of 10 (n=120/134) preferred Diflucan.

The next time you have symptoms of a yeast infection, simply call your doctor to get an appointment. Make sure you get the correct diagnosis. And if it is a yeast infection, ask about Diflucan.

You can take a single Diflucan dose — just 1 pill, 1 time — anytime, anywhere. It’s as effective as 7 days of Monistat® 7, but without the mess.

How can 1 pill work?

Although Diflucan is taken orally, Diflucan penetrates deep into the vaginal tissue for up to 3 days fighting the infection. Once you take it, you will probably feel the onset of symptom relief within 24 hours (range: 1 hour to 9 days). For some women, it may take longer than 24 hours for symptom relief to begin. If your symptoms have not improved within 3 to 5 days, you should call your doctor.

No creams, no mess

And remember, you can use tampons, latex condoms, and diaphragms while taking Diflucan — unlike with most cream treatments.

Keep in mind that women can misdiagnose yeast infections. Contact your doctor to make sure you receive the correct diagnosis. If it’s a yeast infection, make sure you ask about Diflucan. Diflucan is accepted by 97% of managed care formularies nationwide. And even if Diflucan is not covered by your insurance plan, Diflucan may be competitively priced with cream treatments, so ask your pharmacist.

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