What is Nystatin Ointment used for? (Side effects & Precautions)

Why did doctors prescribe nystatin ointment?

Nystatin ointment is used in the treatment of certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections of the skin. Nystatin comes under the class of antifungal medications known as polyenes. The working of this medication is to stop the growth of fungi that cause infection in your body. You can not use this ointment in the treatment of a vaginal yeast infection. 

How to use nystatin ointment?

Nystatin is available in the form of cream, ointment, and powder to apply to the skin. When you use the nystatin ointment and cream then usually, your healthcare professionals will prescribe the applied medication twice a day to the affected area. When you use the nystatin powder form then usually, your doctor will prescribe you this to use two or three times a day. Always used nystatin ointment at around the same time each and every day to remember using this medication. 

Ensure that all the directions have been followed exactly on your prescription label carefully. The medication prescribed by your doctors can not be used more or less. The dosage of this medication depends on your medical condition or your response to treatment.

How should I apply the nystatin ointment?

  1. Before using nystatin ointment, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water very gently and then dry the affected area.
  2. After that take enough ointment to cover all the affected areas.
  3. Try to avoid getting this ointment into your eyes, mouth, or vagina. In case this happens then rinse your eyes, mouth, vagina with water.
  4. Avoid wrapping and wearing tight-fitting clothing over the affected area and keep the sore area dry and clean.
  5. And if you are using this ointment on your infant in the diaper area then don’t use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  6. Ensure that you do not wash the area where you apply the cream to your skin. So, remember not to take shower, bathe, or swim after applying this medication to affected areas.
  7. After that wash your hand again thoroughly with soap and water very gently to remove the nystatin ointment from your fingers.

Until your full prescribed amount is finished, do not stop using this ointment even if you feel well or your symptoms disappear. And if you feel your condition doesn’t improve then you may contact your healthcare professionals. Your condition can also worsen at any time or after 2 weeks of your treatment then contact your doctor. Your healthcare professionals will tell you when you have stopped using this medication. If you don’t understand any of the parts then ask your healthcare provider to explain all the things again.

What special precautions could I follow?

You should have followed this special precaution before using the nystatin ointment:

  • If you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant while you are using this ointment then tell your doctor and pharmacist immediately. 
  • If you are allergic to nystatin, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in nystatin cream, ointment, or powder then tell your doctor and pharmacist and ask them for all ingredients of nystatin ointment by which you are allergic.
  • While using this medication, try to avoid getting this ointment into your eyes or mouth. In case this happens then rinse your eyes and mouth with water.
  • If you are taking some prescription, and non-prescription medication or drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and any other drug or medicine, and herbal products, or planning to take them while using this medication then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • This can be very harmful to your infant. So, if you are breastfeeding then tell your doctor and pharmacist because it can pass into breast milk.

If you have experienced or faced any of the problems mentioned above then contact your health care professionals immediately. Follow all the mentioned precautions carefully, these are all precautions that you can take while using this product.

What are other uses of nystatin?

And if you want to know some other uses of this medication in detail then contact your healthcare professional and you can ask them for more information or other uses of nystatin topical.

Warnings of using Nystatin Ointment

  • If you have a skin condition on which you want to use this ointment then contact your doctor first and then use this on the affected area. If your doctor doesn’t give you permission to use it, don’t use it. It would be harmful to you. 
  • Try to avoid getting this ointment into your eyes, mouth, or vagina. In case this happens then rinse your eyes, mouth, vagina with water.
  • At the time using nystatin topical, if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse then contact your doctors immediately.
  • Never use this medication for the treatment of a vaginal yeast infection only use this medication for the treatment of skin conditions.
  • Before the infection is completely cleared, don’t stop using this ointment until the full prescribed length of time otherwise your condition comes back again. 
  • If other people have the same symptoms you have then never try to share this medication with them.

What special dietary plans should I follow?

Always follow your dietary recommendations and exercise plan made by your healthcare professional. If your doctor didn’t give you any instructions, you can continue your normal diet plans by just avoiding fast food. 

What do I do if I forget a dose?

If you forgot to take this medication and if it is near the time of your next dose then we suggest you please skip that dose and take it at the next dose at the regular time. Don’t take the dose at irregular times. It makes your dose double.

What are nystatin ointment side effects?

Without your healthcare professionals don’t try to use nystatin ointment because they will suggest this medication only by judging the most benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Because this ointment is a medication that can be used only by people who have some serious side effects. And never try to use it for a longer time period than prescribed. 

When you are using nystatin ointment and if you have seen any of these side effects or symptoms mentioned below then contact your healthcare professionals immediately.

Some serious or common nystatin ointment side effects:

  • You’ll feel rash.
  • You’ll feel hives.
  • You’ll feel itchy.
  • You’ll feel difficulty breathing.
  • You’ll feel the swallowing of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • You’ll feel burning or pain in the area where it is applied.

In case, if you are facing any problems and do not go away or are getting worse then immediately contact your health care professionals because this is not the complete list of all symptoms and side effects of this medication. 

If you are in the United States and you are facing these serious side effects or someone near you then you can contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or call at 1-888-463-6332 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

What can I know about the storage and disposal of this medication?

Store this medication at room temperature and keep them away from light or excessive heat and moisture. And put them away from the reach of the pets and children, we suggest you put that medicine in a tightly closed container in which they came because there are as many containers like eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers that are not child-resistant and young children or pets can easily open them.

You should have disposed of all the medication that is unneeded in a special way to ensure that children, pets, and other people can’t consume them. You can not flush them or pour them into the drain. You can return them to the pharmacist or the best way is that you can take back the program for returning your medicines.

What other information should I know?

If you are taking any prescription and non-prescription medication or drugs, while you are using this medication, it is very important to tell your healthcare professionals about this. To make it easy and unforgettable, you can create a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications or drugs and any other drug or medicine you are taking. You can show that list to your healthcare professionals or pharmacists at the time of visit or meeting them. It would help you in case of emergencies. It would help you in case of emergencies.

At the time of meeting your healthcare professionals, don’t forget to carry the laboratory report. And the most important thing is to never miss your doctor and laboratory appointments because your healthcare professionals will check the response of this medicine then he/she will tell you the update or other pieces of information. So, keep all your appointments with your doctor, pharmacist, and the laboratory. And before having any laboratory test, if you are already taking this product then tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel. Talk to your healthcare professionals if you feel your health condition is getting worse or your dose may need to be adjusted.

Brand names

  • Barstatin Powder
  • Candex Cream
  • Mycostatin Cream, Ointment, or Powder
  • Mykinac Cream, Ointment
  • Nilstat Cream, Ointment, or Powder
  • Nyamyc Powder
  • Nystop Powder

Brand names of combination products

  • Nystaform Ointment (containing Clioquinol, Nystatin)
  • Mycolog-II Cream or Ointment (containing Nystatin, Triamcinolone acetonide)
  • Myco-triacet II Cream or Ointment (containing Nystatin, Triamcinolone)
  • Mykacet Cream or Ointment (containing Nystatin, Triamcinolone acetonide)
  • Mytrex F Ointment or Cream (containing Nystatin, Triamcinolone)

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