Fluconazole is an antifungal medicine. It’s used to treat infections caused by different kinds of fungus.
The most common cause of fungal infections is a yeast called candida.
Fluconazole is used to treat many infections caused by candida including:
- thrush in men and women, such as vaginal thrush, skin irritation on the head of the penis (balanitis), and thrush in the mouth (oral thrush)
- infections in your blood or elsewhere in your body
Fluconazole is also used to treat a brain infection called cryptococcal meningitis. This is caused by a fungus called cryptococcus.
Fluconazole can also be used to prevent a fungal infection developing. It is only prescribed if you are likely to get this sort of infection. This includes people who:
- keep getting vaginal thrush
- have a weakened immune system
- have had a bone marrow transplant
- have HIV
- are at risk of getting cryptococcal meningitis
Fluconazole is available as capsules or a liquid that you swallow.
It also comes as an injection, but this is usually given in hospital.
Fluconazole is usually prescribed for you by a doctor. You can also buy it from a pharmacy for vaginal thrush or balanitis.