Nystatin for Thrush

Nystatin is a prescription medication approved for treating various types of fungal infections. Specifically, it is approved to treat fungal infections caused by the Candida species of fungi. Healthcare providers often treat adult cases of thrush with nystatin.
The antifungal drug is used to treat Candida infections on the surface of the skin (for ointment, cream, or powder products), in the vagina (for vaginal tablets), or the mouth and digestive tract (for the oral forms). Because nystatin is not significantly absorbed into the bloodstream (even when taken by mouth), it is not a good treatment for other types of fungal infections, such as bloodstream, bladder, or brain infections.
Nystatin can also be used to treat thrush in children. Keep in mind that when treating thrush in a breastfed infant, it is often necessary to treat both the infant and the mother.
(Click Nystatin Uses to find out how thrush is treated with nystatin, to learn about off-label uses for this medicine, and for more information about using this drug in young children.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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