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Candex Cream (Generic Nystatin Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Nystatin is applied topically to treat fungal skin infections. Nystatin belongs to the polyenes class of antifungal drugs. It functions by halting the development of infection-causing fungus.

How should this medicine be used?

Nystatin is available as a skin-applying cream, ointment, and powder. Typically, the afflicted area receives two daily applications of nystatin cream and ointment. Typically, two or three times a day are utilised for nystatin powder. Take nystatin every day at roughly the same times. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the nystatin instructions exactly. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Dust your shoes and stockings as well as your feet with powder if you are treating infected feet.

Only the skin should be used with topical nystatin. Avoid getting nystatin in your eyes, mouth, or vagina, and avoid swallowing the medicine.

Even if you feel better, keep taking nystatin as long as your doctor instructs you to. It’s possible that nystatin won’t entirely cure your infection if you stop taking it too soon or skip doses.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using topical nystatin,

  • If you have an allergy to Nystatin, any other drugs, or any of the substances in Nystatin cream, ointment, or powder, inform your doctor right away. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you get pregnant while taking Nystatin.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you recall, take the missed dose. Skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular dosing plan, nevertheless, if it is almost time for the subsequent dose. Never double-up on cream, ointment, or powder to make up for a forgotten dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Nystatin might have negative effects. Certain adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away and stop taking nystatin if you have any of these signs:

  • Stinging or discomfort where it was placed
  • Itching, hives, or a rash
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges

Nystatin may result in additional adverse effects. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Nystatin should not freeze.

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to nystatin.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed. Call your doctor if you continue to experience infection symptoms after taking the last of the nystatin.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Barstatin® Powder
  • Candex® Cream
  • Mycostatin® Cream
  • Mycostatin® Ointment
  • Mycostatin® Powder
  • Mykinac® Cream
  • Mykinac® Ointment
  • Nilstat® Cream
  • Nilstat® Ointment
  • Nilstat® Powder
  • Nyamyc® Powder
  • Nystop® Powder
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