Topical nystatin is used to treat fungal infections of the skin. Nystatin is in a class of antifungal medications called polyenes. It works by stopping the growth of fungi that cause infection.
Side Effects Of Nystatin Topical
Nystatin topical may cause side effects. Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using nystatin and call your doctor immediately:
- burning or pain in the area where applied
- rash, hives, or itching
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
Nystatin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Warnings & Precautions
Before using topical nystatin:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to nystatin, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in nystatin cream, ointment, or powder. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using nystatin, call your doctor.
Dosage Of Nystatin Topical
Nystatin comes as a cream, ointment, and powder to apply to the skin. Nystatin cream and ointment are usually applied twice a day to the affected area. Nystatin powder is usually used two or three times a day. Use nystatin at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use nystatin topical exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you are using the powder for infected feet, dust the powder inside your shoes and stockings as well as on your feet.
Topical nystatin is only for use on the skin. Do not let nystatin topical get into your vagina, eyes, or mouth, and do not swallow the medication.
Use nystatin as long as instructed by your doctor, even if you feel better. If you stop using nystatin too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body’s response to nystatin topical.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the nystatin, call your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.