I am just finishing a 10 day course of fluconazole, and have noticed that the persistent ringworm on my chest has started to disappear. My doctor agreed to write me a prescription for another 10 days to see if the seborrheic dermatitis/rosacea on my face my also begin to improve.
To those who have taken diflucan, how long did you take it?
Fluconazole did nothing for me but on another forum, someone posted pictures of his endoscopy. The 'before' pictures showed white patches in the esophagus, the after pics showed that the patches cleared after 14 days on Fluco.
Fluconazol is very good. If you take it following a candida diet at least for 4 weeks, you are going to see results. The biggest problem with Fluconazol is drs prescibe it for short periods and to get results, we need to take it for a longer time. It is good to monitor your liver function when taking it, but don't get alarmed Fluconazol is consider a safe medication. Some people need to take it for 2 or 3 months to see real results.
I was prescribed diflucan for 4 weeks but my kaiser doc told me I didn't have to follow any kind of diet. Big mistake. It did nothing for me, I think it only made things worse. I'm curious how it would have been if I had followed the candida diet pretty strictly. I would have known better now, but this was way back when I was first trying to find out what my problem was. I'm just glad I'm in the hands of an ND now.
I love this stuff, but my doctors will only allow me to have ONE pill every once in awhile, when I really beg for it. But even after one dose, I can really tell a difference....all my water weight just melts off, which tells me that it is not so much water/fat, but toxins built up making me retain all that gunk in me. And the thrush on my tongue is almost completely gone after one dose.
The bad side is that I get some really bad die-off. Severe fatigue, depression, brain fog and forgetfulness. I have to take it when I have at least 2 days off work to recover.
My doctor extended my prescription by an additional 10 days, which will be 20 total. I still wonder whether this will be enough time?
I do plan on taking grape seed extract when the 20 days are over, and will start taking pau d'arco when I finish the grape seed extract. Does that sound like a good plan?
As for the diet, I have been doing a candida diet (extremely low carbs) all the while. I am afraid the diet alone in my case was not sufficient, at least not on the short term as I have been doing low-carb for many years. However, I used to consume a tremendous amount of Sugar alcohols and dairy, both of which I have dropped almost entirely.
If you're convinced that Fluco can help you but your doctor won't prescribe more of it, then either find a new doctor who will or order Fluco off the net (which is what i did), it's pretty cheap, about 60$ for 30 (150mg) pills.
If Diflucan is effective in your individual case, you should continue this course of therapy. If not, consider options like Dr. Whiting's Oxyflush Program. This claims to alleviate Candida conditions without all the sacrificial dieting. I myself explred that path for years to no avail. I finally discarded the seborrheic dermatitis-Candida connection.
Someone should please investigate Microplant Powder at hempusa.org as it seems to make claims correlating to everything we may need. It's somewhat a broad spectrum ingredient.
I took Diflucan for about a week. I noticed almost an immediate response. My stomach and gut felt like it was on fire, so I assume it was doing something. My bloating and stomach pains went away. Problem for me was I developed a persistent headache that would not go away. That was concerning. My doctor then prescribed nystatin. But, I don't think this is going to be as effective as the diflucan from what I've read, so I don't know what I'm going to do.
Yes I took some of those years ago ( Diflucan, Nizoral, Nystatin ). I felt better but my nurse practioner would always take me off them ( due to risk of liver damage ) then I'd always get worse again. I don't think they work long term for full blown chronic candida. Maybe for some people but for most by the time we discover what's going on our liver is not in good shape anymore so we go round and round chasing our tails ( killing the candida causes more dysbiosis because the elimination organs are too weak to work properly ).
I think you need to take antifungals like Diflucan for 2-3 months minimum to control Candidiasis. I think they should be continued for around a month after symptoms go away. I don't think Diflucan and Sporanox are as bad for the liver as some people make out. Of course it is an individual thing. Nizoral is much more dangerous for the liver. From what I have read, most people tolerate Diflucan/Sporanox without any liver problems. That said, I would take regular liver function tests while on any of these antifungals.
The issue of resistance developing to these antifungals is a major issue though. The best idea is to get the diet and immune issues as good as you can before starting, and then if you are cured, try very hard not to get another bad candida overgrowth because the azols don't work as well second time around due to resistance.
I think the chances of success are improved if an non-absorbed intestinal antifungal like nystatin is taken at the same time as Diflucan.
I took 15 Diflucan pills almost every other day over the course of a month and a half, because not only can the pill be bad on your liver, but so can the toxins that are released when you are killing off the fungus. The feeling you get from these toxins being released is called a Herxheimer Reaction or Herx Reaction.
I was prescribed the pill because of flu like symptoms after taking antibiotics for almost 2 years to treat Lyme Disease. Taking antibiotics for this long will wipe out the good bacteria in your gut and allow the opportunistic infection, candida, to take hold.
Unless you have a legitimate reason to believe that candida has taken hold in your gut, like taking antibiotics for almost 2 years, then there is no reason to believe that you have a candida infection. Flu like symptoms can be caused by literally thousands of different reasons. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.
If you take 1 pill and it does nothing then you don't have candida. If you take 1 pill and it makes you feel "better" then you still don't have candida. If you take 1 pill and it makes you feel "worse", further described as something like an uncomfortable reaction, coupled with a legitimate reason to believe that you have candida, then its safe to assume that you have it.
If you took 10 pills or 20 pills to clear out a candida infection, you would feel like shit for a long time, like 3 to 6 months, almost worse then before you started, BECAUSE as you clear the infection, the toxins that would be released from all of that fungus, would take a long time to clear your system and as your system fights to eliminate the waste created from the rapid die off of the infection, you will feel REALLY bad.
If this description does not match what your are experiencing, then STOP BELIEVING EVERYTHING YOU ON THE INTERNET. These people are not doctors and most are misinterpreting what they are feeling, something that is very easy to do.
If 1 Diflucan pill does nothing, then you dont have Candida.
I'm on Diflucan because I had super itchy, stinging skin it felt like little bugs biting me it was so crazy making I wanted to just scream and yell. I ran to the drug store and I had to cover my entire body with Aquaphor healing ointment it wad the only thing that stopped the crazy burning stinging itching . My doctor saw me one week later and he knew right away that I had up with yeast overgrowth because of 5 weeks on clindamycin. I'm on Diflucan my doctor also suggested, milk thistle and glututhione for my liver . Daily enemas while on Diflucan helped my liver DETOX. Diflucan worked in ONE DAY the itching stopped in it's tracks.
Then I researched natural ways to kill Candida
I'm on the Gaps diet, I eat all organic foods, vegetables, nuts (soaked in food grade hydrogen peroxide for 15 minutes then rinse dried) chicken, seafood and 5 different types of cheeses. Homemade yogurt, sets in the yogurt maker for about for 24 hours.
the KEY IS
SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII this beats up that bad guys and throw then out. Open the capsule and empty the content in with natural peanut butter or an avocado, You could even make a peanut butter smoothie the fat causes it to linger in your colon this is exactly what you want to do so it has more killing and staying power.
The equivalent of SC Florastor I believe this has the same strain in it, also I take Prescript Assist prebiotic/protbiotcs helps tons.
This is my natural treament for candida I use a Hulda Clark zapper cost like thirty dollars and I wear on my wrist while at the computer this zaps the candida . Keep it simple is my motto. I take the following; The biofilm dissolver I use serrapeptase. Then 15 minutes later take Thorne formula SF722 along with allicin garlic pills this kills the fungus. Also drink lots of water with a few drops of medicial oregano oil.
Getting the toxins out of your system quickly I take this alone and four hours after eating before bed is good time take zeolite/ benonite mix I believe it is called gammadetox