October 2, 2014
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ratio-Nystatin

(nystatin)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02194236 RATIO-NYSTATIN 100,000 UNIT/G CREAM
02194228 RATIO-NYSTATIN 100,000 UNIT/G OINTMENT
02194201 RATIO-NYSTATIN 100,000 UNIT/ML ORAL DROPS
02194198 RATIO-NYSTATIN 500,000 UNIT ORAL TABLET
02194163 RATIO-NYSTATIN 100,000 UNIT/G VAGINAL CREAM

How does ratio-Nystatin work? What will it do for me?

Nystatin belongs to the group of medications known as antifungals. Nystatin oral medications in liquid form are most often used to treat fungal infections in the mouth.

The liquid and tablets are used to treat a fungal infection of the intestine known as candidiasis. This occurs when the fungus known as Candida albicans overgrows in the intestine as a result of antibiotic or corticosteroid use. The medication may also be used to prevent fungal infections.

The powder can be used to make an oral liquid or added to creams or ointments. The skin cream and ointment are used to treat fungal skin infections. The vaginal cream and vaginal tablets are used to treat vaginal infections caused by Candida albicans.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use ratio-Nystatin?

Oral suspension (ready-made liquid or powder mixed with liquid): The recommended dose of nystatin oral suspension for prevention or treatment of candida infections in infants and children with mouth or intestinal infections is 100,000 units (1 mL of suspension) 3 or 4 times daily, dropped onto the tongue and then swallowed. In some cases the solution should be held in the mouth for some time and gargled before swallowing.

For young infants and children, the solution may be mixed with milk, lukewarm formula, jam, or peanut butter. For adults, the usual dose is 400,000 to 600,000 units 4 times daily. Shake the bottle before use. Use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.

Oral tablets: The usual dose is one tablet (500,000 units) 3 times daily. In adults, this dosage can be increased to 2 tablets 3 times daily if necessary.

Skin cream or ointment: Apply cream or ointment liberally to affected areas twice daily or as prescribed by your doctor. Severe fungal infections may require the use of both oral and topical nystatin.

Vaginal cream: The usual dose is one full applicator (5 grams) inserted into the vagina daily. In severe infections, a dose of one applicator every 12 hours may be given. Usually, treatment is given for 2 weeks. Treatment should be continued during menstruation.

Vaginal tablets: The usual dose is one tablet inserted high into the vagina using the applicator, once or twice daily. Usually, treatment is given for 2 weeks. Treatment should be continued during menstruation.

To prevent a relapse, treatment should be continued for at least 48 hours after the symptoms go away, regardless of dosage form.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication as directed by your doctor or pharmacist and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does ratio-Nystatin come in?

Oral Suspension

Each mL of light yellow suspension with cherry-like odour contains nystatin 100,000 units. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial flavouring, calcium disodium EDTA, D&C Yellow No. 10, magnesium aluminum silicate, methylparaben, polysorbate 80, propylparaben, purified water, and sucrose.

Oral Tablets

Each round, film-coated, biconvex, pink tablet, imprinted with "TEC" on one side, contains nystatin 500,000 units. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, D&C Red No. 30 Aluminum Lake, ethylcellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, and titanium dioxide.

Topical Cream

Each g of light yellow cream with a characteristic odour contains nystatin 100,000 units. Nonmedicinal ingredients: emulsifying wax, glycerin, isopropyl myristate, lactic acid, purified water, and sorbic acid.

Topical Ointment

Each g of yellow, smooth, homogenous ointment contains nystatin 100,000 units. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mineral oil and polyethylene.

Vaginal Cream

Each g of light yellow cream with a characteristic odour contains nystatin 100,000 units. Nonmedicinal ingredients: emulsifying wax, glycerin, isopropyl myristate, purified water, and sorbic acid.

Who should NOT take ratio-Nystatin?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to nystatin or any ingredients of the medication.

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