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Nystatin

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Nystatin comes in cream, ointment, powder, tablet, vaginal tablet, and suspension (oral liquid) forms.
  • The specific instructions for using this medication will vary, depending mostly on the form of the medication.
  • Be sure to shake nystatin oral suspension well before each dose. It is usually recommended to swish the oral suspension well before swallowing it (which is why this product is often referred to as "nystatin swish and swallow").
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Be sure to take it for the full amount of time that your healthcare provider recommends, even if the infection seems to have cleared already.

Nystatin Dosing Information

The dose your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The medical condition being treated
  • The particular nystatin product
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Nystatin Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, nystatin may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Skin irritation (for the skin products)
  • Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting (for the oral products).
(Click Nystatin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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