This medicine is used to treat vaginal thrush, a yeast infection of the vagina.
It contains the active ingredient fluconazole.
Fluconazole belongs to a group of medicines called azole antibiotics.
It works by preventing the growth of fungal organisms causing the infection in the vagina.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why this medicine has been recommended for you.
Your doctor or pharmacist may have recommended it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
Do not take this medicine if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not take this medicine if you are taking cisapride, a medicine used to treat stomach problems.
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant.
It may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.
Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
The active ingredient in Flufeme passes into breast milk and there is a possibility that your baby may be affected.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing any of the following:
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Flufeme.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Flufeme may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Flufeme, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Flufeme is not recommended for children.
The treatment for thrush is one Flufeme capsule.
Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water.
This medicine can be taken before, with or after food and can be taken at any time of the day.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone Australia 13 11 26 or New Zealand 0800 POISON or 0800 764766) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Flufeme. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if symptoms of your infection do not improve within 3 days or if they become worse.
Things that may help you avoid thrush in the future:
Do not take Flufeme to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Flufeme affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness or seizures occasionally in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well after you have taken Flufeme.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These are the more common side effects of the medicine. They are usually mild and short-lived.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are usually rare.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Keep your medicine in the original container.
If you take it out of its original container it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Flufeme 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 it 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.
Return any unused or out of date medicine to your pharmacist.
Flufeme comes in one type of capsule:
Flufeme 150mg - capsules with a white cap and white body, printed with FC150.
Available in blisters of 1 capsule.
Flufeme 150mg - 150mg fluconazole