Anti-Fungal Medication

Overview

As needed, we will prescribe anti-fungal medications to treat your mold exposure. Below is some important information about these medications.

Medications given to treat fungal or bacterial infections include:

penicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin (Amoxil), cephalexin (Keflex), cefuroxime (Ceftin), cefprozil (Cefzil), cefaclor (Ceclor), cefixime (Suprax), cefadroxil (Duricef), erythromycin, clarithromycin (Biaxin), azithromycin (Zithromax), nitrofurantoin (Furaton, Macrobid), trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole (Septra, Bactrim, Cotrim), dicloxazcillin (Dynapen), mupirocin (Bactroban), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), minocycline, ofloxacin (Floxin), tetracycline , doxycycline, metronidazole (Flagyl), bacitracin, polymixin B, triple antibiotic ointment with bacitracin zinc/neomycin sulfate/polymyxin B sulfate (Neosporin, Polysporin), fluconazole (Diflucan), terbinafine (Lamisil), mycostatin (Nystatin), clotrmazole (Mycelex), and tolnaftate (Tinactin).

What do anti-fungal and anti-infectant medications do?

  • These medications are used to treat fungal or bacterial infections. Some of these medications can be applied on the body surface while others may be taken by mouth.

What should I tell the healthcare professional about the individual who will be taking these medications?

  • Tell the healthcare professional about any alcohol or medications (prescriptions, or nonprescription) that the patient is taking.
  • Tell if the individual is pregnant.
  • Tell if the individual has liver or kidney disease.
  • Tell about any antibiotics or antifungal medications recently taken and the effects or failures of these medications.
  • Tell if the individual has an allergy to any medications or experienced a rash or difficulty breathing in the past after taking a medication.

How should I give this medication and how should I store it?

  • Give these medications by mouth unless indicated on the prescription.
  • You can give these medications either with or without food unless indicated on the prescription.
  • Give these medications on time and as prescribed.
  • Store these medications at room temperature except for liquids, which may need refrigeration. Follow instructions on the prescription.
  • Store AWAY from places with high moisture such as in bathrooms or over sinks.

What side effects should I look for and when might I see them?

  • The person taking the medication may have stomach distress, diarrhea, irritation where you apply topical medications, or the infection may get worse.
  • Report immediately any skin rash, hives, or shortness of breath.

Where can I find more information about Anti-Fungal and Anti-Infective Medications?

  • Up-to-date drug information: http://www.welldrugs.com/
  • Drugs.com – Prescription drug information.
  • Fungal Infections: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/fungalinfections.html
  • Bacterial Infections: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bacterialinfections.html