Antifungals: Nystatin


Nystatin is one of the drugs most often prescribed for Candida outbreaks. It is effective against particular yeasts, but has little effect on other microorganisms in the body.

Nystatin is an antifungal agent with a very mild overall effect on the body. It is well suited to treatment of Candidiasis, and will not kill off the good bacteria in your gut like other prescription drugs can.

Your doctor may advise you to take Nystatin for other fungal infections too. In addition to Candida in the intestinal tract, it is also effective against yeast outbreaks on the skin and inside your mouth.

How does Nystatin work?

Nystatin was the first widely used antifungal, and is especially effective against the Candida species of fungi. It kills the Candida yeast by interfering with its cell membranes, allowing the contents of the toxic cells to leak out into your gut. Incidentally, it is these poisonous compounds that are the cause of the ‘Candida die-off’ (or ‘Herxheimer’) reaction.

Nystatin is particularly deadly for Candida albicans, the yeast that causes Candidiasis. The good news is that it does not affect other microorganisms in your body. A course of antibiotics will usually destroy all the useful bacteria in your gut, but Nystatin zeroes in on the Candida and leaves the rest of your gut flora untouched.

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How do you take Nystatin?

Nystatin is available in tablets, lozenges and in liquid form. For external application, Nystatin ointments, powders and creams are also available. For dosage amounts and frequency, follow the instructions on your prescription carefully.

If you choose to combine Nystatin with natural treatments such as Caprylic Acid or raw garlic, be sure to advise your doctor.

Who should not take Nystatin?

Although Nystatin is generally not toxic and can be taken in fairly large doses, some Candida sufferers find that they develop an allergic reaction to it. In this case you can ask your doctor to prescribe an alternative, or opt for one of the many natural treatments listed on this site.

Remember to let your doctor know your full medical history and any illnesses or allergies. Women who are breastfeeding, pregnant or planning a pregnancy should also advise their doctor.

Nystatin Side Effects

Depending on how Nystatin is taken or applied, you may suffer from side effects ranging from itching and irritation to diarrhea and stomach pain. If you are concerned at all about these side effects, or have any other unusual conditions, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

Other names for Nystatin

Nystatin can also be found under the following brand names:

  • Mycostatin
  • Filmlok
  • Pastilles
  • Nystatin Ointment
  • Nystat-Rx
  • Nystop
  • Pedi-Dri

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