Conventional/Prescription Medicines Used to Treat Candida
Conventional medicines can be prescribed by doctors to treat an inflammation of Candida. These medicines may cause depletion of certain nutrients. The following is a list of common conventional medicines that may be used for Candida:
- Amphotericin B – Used to treat systemic fungal infections. Usually injected but is also available as a powder. Side effects may include fever, chills, headache, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, nausea, pain at the place of injection, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Amphotericin B depletes calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.11
- Diflucan® – An antifungal which can be taken parenterally or by mouth. While expensive, it is considered by many doctors as the best overall antifungal medication. A compounding pharmacist can make a dye-free Diflucan that is generally much less expensive than the normal prescription pill form of Diflucan. It is not known to deplete any nutrients.11
- Lamisil® – An antifungal agent which can be used orally or topically. It is not known to deplete any nutrients.11
- Nizoral® – An antifungal agent which can be administered orally or topically and is not known to deplete any nutrients.11 However, Nizoral does interfere with the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA. This hormonal interference may produce feelings of weakness and fatigue.
- Nystatin® – A drug used to treat fungal infections of the intestinal tract. It is taken orally, and rare side effects include diarrhea, upset stomach, stomach pain, and skin rash. It is not known to deplete any nutrients.11
- Sporanox® – An oral antifungal. It is not known to deplete any nutrients.11