Diflucan: One-dose yeast infection treatment

Reviewed by Theresa H. Care Delivery Manager & Family Nurse Practitioner

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Your vagina. From month to month and even day to day – it can change a lot. And things like antibiotics and hormone shifts can majorly disrupt your vagina’s natural pH balance and lead to a yeast infection. And when you’re experiencing symptoms like itching, inflammation and thick vaginal discharge, all you want is to feel better. Luckily, there’s a fast and easy way to get relief from yeast infection symptoms: A prescription one-dose yeast infection treatment pill called Diflucan or fluconazole.

What causes a yeast infection?

Your body – including your vagina – naturally contains numerous strains of bacteria and fungus. Most of the time, your vagina’s microbiome keeps these bacterium and fungi in check and you feel normal. But if something tips the scales of this natural balance, fungus like Candida albicans can grow out of control. If this happens you may develop a yeast infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis.

Diflucan (fluconazole) fast yeast infection treatment

Yeast infections are super common with three out of four women experiencing at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. While yeast infections can be really uncomfortable, they’re fairly easy to treat with antifungal medications. But – as many women (including maybe you) can attest – over-the-counter (OTC) yeast infection medications are anything but the quick and easy solutions they proclaim to be. That’s because OTC medications like Monistat and Clotrimazole come as vaginal creams and suppositories – making them messy and inconvenient to use. Another drawback of OTC yeast infection medications? To be effective, many must be used for several days.

Enter Diflucan. To women who have a yeast infection, Diflucan (also known as fluconazole) is pretty much a one-pill wonder. That’s right. You can get relief from your vaginal itching, irritation and burning with just one pill.

How does Diflucan (fluconazole) work to treat yeast infections?

You need a prescription to get Diflucan or its generic equivalent, fluconazole. When taken orally, this magic little pill stays in your system for roughly 72 hours and goes to work by attacking the cell walls of the Candida fungi that are causing your infection. When the cell walls are damaged, the fungus dies and “presto”– your yeast infection symptoms quickly resolve. It’s true. It’s really that easy. In fact, most women who take Diflucan for a yeast infection notice relief from symptoms within one to two days.

Like all medications, some people who take Diflucan may experience side effects. In most cases, these are very mild.

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Because Diflucan is so easy to use (did we mention it’s one pill!) and has very few side effects, a lot of women prefer this prescription yeast infection treatment over its OTC counterparts. And the best part is that you can get a prescription for Diflucan online.

Take care of your vaginal health

Notice changes in your vaginal health? Some vaginal symptoms are completely normal while others may be a sign of an infection. While symptoms like vaginal itching, burning and inflammation often point to a yeast infection, they are also common with conditions like bacterial vaginosis and some sexually transmitted infections. If your symptoms don’t resolve after treatment, get worse or are accompanied by other worrisome symptoms, it’s a good idea to be seen in person by a doctor.

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