Brand Names : Mycostatin, Nilstat, Nystex, Nadostine, PMS Nystatin
Proper Use of This Medicine
For patients taking the dry powder form of nystatin
Add about 1/8 teaspoonful of dry powder to about 4 ounces of
water immediately before taking. Stir well.
After it is mixed, take this medicine by dividing the whole amount
(4 ounces) into several portions. Hold each portion of the medicine in your
mouth or swish it around in your mouth for as long as possible, gargle, and
swallow. Be sure to use all the liquid to get the full dose of medicine.
For patients taking the lozenge (pastille) form of
Nystatin lozenges (pastilles) should be held in the mouth and allowed
to dissolve slowly and completely. This may take 15 to 30 minutes. Also, the
saliva should be swallowed during this time. Do not chew
or swallow the lozenges whole
Do not give nystatin lozenges (pastilles) to
infants or children up to 5 years of age
. They may be too young to
use the lozenges safely.
For patients taking the oral liquid form of nystatin
This medicine is to be taken by mouth even if it comes in a dropper
bottle. If it does come in a dropper bottle, use the specially marked dropper
to measure each dose accurately.
Take this medicine by placing one-half of the dose in each side of
your mouth. Hold the medicine in your mouth or swish it around in your mouth
for as long as possible, then gargle and swallow.
Patients with full or partial dentures may need to soak their dentures
nightly in nystatin for oral suspension to eliminate the fungus from the dentures.
In rare cases when this does not eliminate the fungus, it may be necessary
to have new dentures made.
To help clear up your infection completely, keep taking
this medicine for the full time of treatment
, even if your condition
has improved. Do not miss any doses
Dosing - The dose of nystatin will be different for
different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the
directions on the label
. The following information includes only the
average doses of nystatin. If your dose is different,
do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The number of lozenges, tablets, or milliliters (mL) of suspension that
you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and
the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for
which you are taking nystatin
For the lozenge (pastille) and tablet
Adults and children 5 years of age and older: 1 or 2 lozenges or
tablets three to five times a day for up to fourteen days.
Children up to 5 years of age: Children this young may not be able
to use the lozenges or tablets safely. The oral suspension is better for this
For the suspension
Adults and children 5 years of age and older: 4 to 6 milliliters
(mL) (about 1 teaspoonful) four times a day.
For older infants: 2 mL four times a day.
For premature and low-birth-weight infants: 1 mL four times a day.
Missed dose - If you do miss a dose of this medicine, take it
as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip
the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store the tablet or dry powder form of this medicine in the
bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture
may cause the medicine to break down.
Store the lozenge (pastille) form in the refrigerator. Heat will
cause this medicine to break down.
Keep the oral liquid form of this medicine from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.