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There are several approved uses for Diflucan. This antifungal medication can treat infections caused by the Candida fungus, the prevention of Candida infections in people undergoing bone marrow transplantations, and the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend "off-label" uses, such as treating any other infection or any other type of fungus.

What Is Diflucan Used For?

Diflucan® (fluconazole) is a prescription antifungal medication. Approved Diflucan uses include the following:
  • Treating the following infections caused by a certain type of fungus (Candida):
    • Vaginal yeast infections
    • Thrush of the mouth and throat
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis)
    • Pneumonia
    • Bloodstream infections (candidemia)
    • Widespread infections throughout much of the body (disseminated candidiasis).
  • Preventing Candida infections (such as those discussed previously) in people undergoing bone marrow transplantation who have had chemotherapy or radiation
  • Treating cryptococcal meningitis (infection of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord caused by a certain fungus).
Typically, for serious infections, tests will be done to see exactly what kind of fungus, bacteria, or virus is causing an infection and which antifungals, antibiotics, or antivirals will be effective. While waiting for the results, which can take awhile, healthcare providers will usually prescribe medications based on their best guesses about the infection. Once the results from the tests come back, the healthcare provider will adjust the choice of medication as necessary.
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