Can you buy Nystatin over the counter?
No, Nystatin is exclusively obtainable through a prescription. It is supplied in the form of a liquid suspension which should be gargled within the mouth before being swallowed.
What is Nystan 30ml ?
Nystatin oral suspension is an antifungal medicine that is used to treat oral thrush, a condition that is caused by the exponential growth of a natural fungus known as Candida in the mouth.
The symptoms of oral thrush include:
i) A bad taste in the mouth
ii) Cracks at the corners of the mouth
iii) Difficulty eating or drinking
iv) Mild bleeding when the lumps are scraped off
v) Pain or burning sensation in the mouth
vi) White bumps on the tongue, inner cheeks, gums or tonsils
If you notice any of the above symptoms for the first time, you should speak to a doctor. Not only can a doctor prescribe a suitable treatment for you, such as Nystatin, but they can also assess the cause of your condition and advise steps on how to reduce your risk of developing oral thrush in the future.
Nystatin oral suspension is prescribed for the treatment of oral fungal infections. Additionally, systemic medications such as Fluconazole (Diflucan) and Canesten thrush Duo are also recognized for their efficiency in treating fungal infections throughout the body.
What causes oral thrush?
There are many risk factors that could cause someone to be more susceptible to oral thrush including:
iii) Taking antibiotics
iv) Taking corticosteroids (such as preventer inhalers)
v) Wearing dentures
vii) Having a dry mouth from a medical condition or treatment
Your doctor or dentist can diagnose oral thrush based on the visual symptoms, sometimes referred to as the clinical image. In some cases, a sample of the spores may be taken and examined under a microscope. Your doctor may recommend a blood test to determine if there may be an underlying medical condition that may put you at a higher risk of developing oral thrush.
Following our quick and simple medical questionnaire, our doctors can issue a prescription for Nystatin that our UK-registered pharmacy can fulfill. Not sure if you have oral thrush? Take the oral thrush quiz on privatemdlabs.com.
How does Nystatin work?
Nystatin works by weakening the cell walls of the fungus, allowing the contents of the cell to spill out, thus killing the cell and clearing the infection.
It does this by attaching to a compound called ergosterol, which the cells need to maintain their cell membrane. This causes the cell wall to become weak and lose its structural integrity.
While you may notice an improvement in your symptoms within a day or two of taking Nystatin, it is important to continue to take Nystatin for the full period prescribed by your doctor to eradicate your infection.
Similarly, to antibiotics, ceasing Nystatin treatment early can cause the infection to come back. Therefore, it is important to complete your course of antifungal medication as prescribed by a doctor.
How Do I Take Nystatin Oral Suspension?
You should take Nystatin oral suspension as prescribed by your doctor.
The recommended dose for adults is 1ml of suspension dropped into the mouth four times a day. You should take Nystatin after each meal and before you go to bed.
To take Nystatin oral suspension:
If you have dentures, remove them before using Nystatin.
- Clean your teeth or dentures. Your mouth should be clean before using Nystatin.
- Using the provided measuring pipette, measure 1ml of Nystatin solution by squeezing the bulb at the top. 3.
- Squirt the medicine into your mouth and swill it around your mouth for approximately 3 minutes. 4.
- Swallow the medicine. Do not spit Nystatin out.
Wait 20 minutes after using Nystatin before eating or drinking.
Continue to use Nystatin oral suspension for 2 days after your symptoms have subsided.
Frequently asked questions:
i) What should I do if I forget to take Nystatin oral suspension when I should?
If you forget to take Nystatin oral suspension when you should, take it as soon as you remember and continue to use your medicine as you normally would. Do not use more of the medicine to make up for the forgotten dose as this can increase your risk of experiencing side effects.
ii) What should I do if I take more Nystatin than I should?
Using more of the medicine is unlikely to harm you because very little of the medicine is absorbed by your body. However, using more Nystatin can increase your risk of experiencing side effects such as nausea and stomachache. If you are at all concerned about using more of the suspension than intended, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or a pharmacist.
Nystatin side effects
Side effects of Nystatin oral suspension include:
v) Stomach cramps
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Nystatin oral suspension can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.
If you experience any side effects to Nystatin, whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet supplied with your medication, report them to your doctor straight away.
i) Pregnancy & Nystatin: If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before taking Nystatin oral suspension.
The effects of Nystatin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are not known. Your doctor will advise you whether it is safe for you to take Nystatin.
ii) Allergies & Nystatin: Do not take Nystatin if you have had a previous allergic reaction to Nystatin, or similar medicine, or if you are allergic to any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
Nystatin oral solution contains sucrose to sweeten it. Speak to your doctor before using Nystatin oral suspension if you are sensitive to some sugars.
If you experience the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction or develop irritation or sensitization to the medicine, stop taking Nystatin and consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Nystatin if:
i) you are breast-feeding
ii) you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or if you intend on becoming pregnant
iii) you are taking any other medicines or health supplements
iv) you have a fungal infection in the lungs or skin (systemic mycoses)
Please inform our doctor of all medications you are currently taking, including medicines bought over the counter or prescribed by your doctor. Please also include any herbal medicines or health supplements, such as St John's Wort, which might impact your treatment.
Do not take Nystatin oral suspension past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the indicated month.
Never throw away Nystatin via household or water waste. Take unwanted or expired medication to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it on your behalf.
Always store Nystatin out of sight and reach from children and pets.
Never share your Nystatin with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms as you.
Do not drink alcohol when on Nystatin. Alcohol should be avoided while taking Nystatin oral suspension and for at least one day after taking your final dose.
What does Nystan taste like?
Nystan, a brand of Nystatin, contains a flavoring that some people describe as cherry and mint with a bitter after-taste.
The medicine also contains sucrose for sweetening.
If you are allergic to some sugars, speak to your doctor before using Nystan.
What should I do if I accidentally spit out Nystatin oral suspension?
Spitting out Nystatin oral suspension should not have impacted the effectiveness of the medicine. As long as you swish the medicine around your mouth for a period, the mechanism of the medicine will behave the same as if you swallowed it.
Do not use more Nystatin oral suspension if you accidentally spit the medicine out.
Buy Nystatin online
You can safely buy Nystatin online at Meds For Less. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist-independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Nystatin is the right medication for your medical condition.