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Nystan Oral Suspension (Nystatin)

What is Nystan Oral Suspension and what it is used for

The name of this medicine is Nystan Oral Suspension. This medicine contains nystatin as the active ingredient.

Nystatin belongs to a group of medicines called anti-fungal antibiotics.

Nystan Oral Suspension is used to prevent and treat fungal infections (thrush) of the mouth, throat or gut. This medicine works by killing the yeast or fungus that has caused your symptoms.

Nystatin Oral SuspensionNystan is not used to treat widespread fungal infections affecting other parts of your body.

Before you take Nystan Oral Suspension:

Do not take Nystan Oral Suspension if:

You have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Nystan Oral Suspension.

You must tell your doctor if:

You have an intolerance to some sugars as the suspension has a high sugar content.

Taking other Medicines

Always tell your doctor about all other medicines you are taking or have recently taken, including those obtained without a prescription.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are, or think you may be pregnant, or if you are breast feeding you should speak to your doctor before taking Nystan Oral Suspension

Taking with food and drink

  1. If you have a gut infection you can take the medicine before or after food as you prefer.
  2. If you have a mouth or throat infection, food and drink will reduce the amount of time the medicine is in contact with the site of infection.

You can drink alcohol while taking Nystan Oral Suspension. If you are concerned about how much alcohol you can drink while taking Nystan Oral Suspension, you should discuss this with your doctor.

Driving and using machines

Nystan Oral Suspension should not affect your ability to drive.

How to take Nystan Oral Suspension

Always take Nystan Oral Suspension exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The usual dose for adults and children is 1 ml of suspension taken four times a day but this may be reduced to 1 ml once a day in the case of newborn babies.

Shake the bottle well before use.

Using the measuring dropper provided, drop 1ml of suspension into the mouth four times a day.

Doses should be equally spaced throughout the day.

If you are taking this medicine for an infection in the mouth or throat, try not to swallow the suspension too quickly, as the longer the medicine is in contact with the site of infection the better.

Your doctor will normally have given you sufficient medicine to enable you to continue treatment for 48 hours after all symptoms have disappeared. This will help to clear up your infection completely and prevent a relapse.

If you take more Nystan Oral Suspension than you should

Taking more Nystan Oral Suspension than recommended should not cause any severe effects as the amount of Nystan absorbed by the body is very small. However, in the case of a child, you may wish to check with your doctor or hospital emergency department.

If you forget to take Nystan Oral Suspension

If you forget to take Nystan Oral Suspension, take your medicine as soon as you remember, unless it is close to the time you would normally take your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you missed.

Possible side effects

As with all medicines Nystan Oral Suspension can cause unwanted effects although not everybody gets them.

Very occasionally, Nystan Oral Suspension can cause irritation or sensitivity in the mouth, make you feel sick or cause a rash, which is sometimes itchy.

Large oral doses can occasionally cause sickness and diarrhoea.

There have been very rare cases of a more serious allergic reaction called Steven-Johnson Syndrome.

If any of the side effects becomes serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store Nystan Oral Suspension

Do not store Nystan Oral Suspension above 25°C.

Do not use your medicine after the expiry date which you will find on the bottle label and carton.

Keep all your medicines out of the reach and sight of children, preferably in a locked cupboard or medicine cabinet.

If you are told to stop using this medicine, ask your pharmacist to tell you what to do with any medicine you have left.

Further information

What Nystan Oral Suspension contains

Nystan Oral Suspension contains Nystatin as the active ingredient. In addition, Nystan Oral Suspension contains the following inactive ingredients: cherry flavour, cinnamic aldehyde, ethanol (1%), glycerin, methyl parahydroxybenzoate, peppermint oil, pH adjusters (hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide), propyl parahydroxybenzoate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sodium phosphate, sucrose and water.

What Nystan Oral Suspension looks like and contents of the pack

Nystan Oral Suspension is supplied in a 30ml amber bottle. A graduated dropper is also included in the pack.

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