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.