The name of your medicine is APO-Fluconazole One. It contains the active ingredient fluconazole
It is used to treat a fungal infection known as vaginal thrush.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason
This medicine is not recommended for children under 18 years of age, except under doctor advice.
APO-Fluconazole One is a "Pharmacist Only Medicine". It is available without a doctor's prescription but your pharmacist's advice is required.
The active ingredient in this medicine is fluconazole, which is classified with medicines known as azole antifungals. This group of antifungal medicines work by preventing the growth of the fungi causing your infection.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
Vaginal candidiasis, an infection caused by a yeast-like fungus Candida, is commonly referred to as "vaginal thrush".
Candida is one of the many organisms that live in the vagina and its growth is normally balanced by your body's natural defence mechanism known as the 'immune system'. However, when this natural balancing is upset, Candida can multiply in the vagina to cause the symptoms of thrush.
Common symptoms of vaginal thrush include:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information for things you can do to avoid thrush in the future.
You have or have had any of the following
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body, rash, itching or hives on the skin; fainting or hayfever-like symptoms.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction, do not take any more of the medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at the nearest hospital.
Do not take this medicine if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Combining fluconazole with these medicines may cause serious side effects, such as an abnormal heart rhythm.
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are planning to have an operation. Some medicines used during anaesthetics may interact with fluconazole.
4. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with fluconazole. These include:
Medicines not to be taken with fluconazole:
Medicines to be taken with care with fluconazole:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the need for an additional method of contraception while taking fluconazole.
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with fluconazole.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
For vaginal thrush in adults, only a single dose (1 capsule) of APO-Fluconazole One is needed.
Swallow the whole capsule with a glass of water.
This medicine can be taken any time before, with or after food.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
If the symptoms of your infection do not improve after 3 days, or if they become worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you develop a rash soon after taking this medicine.
People with AIDS or weak immune system may be more prone to serious side effects of the skin.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking fluconazole or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
This list includes the more common side effects. Mostly, these are mild:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you notice any of the following. These may be serious side effects. You may need medical attention. Most of these side effects are rare.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects and are usually very rare. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to fluconazole, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 30°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking this medicine, or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
A hard gelatine capsule of size '1' with sky blue body and cap.
Each pack contains 1 capsule.
Each capsule contains 150 mg of fluconazole as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
APO-Fluconazole One 150 mg Capsule (blister pack): AUST R 152959.