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Nystatin Cream - Overview

Nystatin, available in forms such as nystatin cream, nystatin powder, and nystatin ointment, is a medication used in the treatment of various types of fungal infections when the infection is strongly suspected to be caused by a fungus susceptible to nystatin. People who might need a nystatin prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe nystatin when clinically appropriate to do so.

What Is Nystatin Used For?

Nystatin is a medication used in the treatment of certain fungal infections, including various Candida infections, thrush, diaper rash, and yeast infections. Nystatin's mechanism of action involves binding to ergosterol in the cell membranes of fungi. In doing so, nystatin creates holes in the membrane and causes ion movements which destroys the fungus. Nystatin is made by a bacteria known as Streptomyces noursei and is considered an ionophore medication. Nystatin is marketed under various brand names, including Nyamyc, Nyaderm, Nystan and Nystex.

Nystatin - Dosage and Cost

Nystatin is often prescribed in 100,000 units / gram dosing although the final regimen is determined by the prescribing medical provider. Nystatin cream, powder and ointment are meant to be used topically and are applied one or more times per day. One 30 gram tube of nystatin cream 100000 units / gram is affordable, costing $10 or less at many pharmacies. Nystatin ointment and cream coupons are sometimes available online and some insurance plans may cover any costs associated with a nystatin prescription.

Can I Buy Nystatin Cream Online?

In the United States, nystatin requires a prescription from a medical provider to be dispensed by a pharmacy. One cannot just buy nystatin online as is the case with other antifungal medications. People in need of nystatin cream or powder, however, can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe nystatin when safe and appropriate to do so.

Nystatin - Side Effects

All nystatin forms, including, nystatin cream, nystatin ointment and nystatin powder, can cause side effects when used. When used topically, nystatin can cause local irritation, redness, itching and pain. When taken orally, nystatin can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Like other medications, nystatin can also cause hypersensitivity and allergic reactions and should not be used by people who have had those reactions in the past. Nystatin and alcohol should not be used at the same time. Prior to nystatin use, questions and concerns about the medication should be directed to one's pharmacist and medical provider.

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Last updated October 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.