I’ve been fighting a systemic Candida Glabrada infection for the past six months, since being on 10-12 rounds of Antibiotics in the past year. The doctor’s have prescribed Diflucan, which often clears these up. (I'm also doing a lot of natural things, but this post is specifically about the Diflucan). About seven years ago I had a gastric bypass, with nothing but positive results.
Diflucan is just not working for me, so I started to do some research and found out that it is a medication the NEEDS stomach acid to be absorbed by our bodies. Apparently a lot of medications are like this. Since having the gastric bypass I have a medical condition within my remaining stomach "pouch" known as hypochlorhydria, or decreased amount of stomach acid. In light of that, I just found out that medications that need stomach acid for absorption must be taken in a special way. Medications like this cannot be broken down unless by acid.
I want to put this out there for anyone with this condition ... so that the next time you’re prescribed any medication … or heck, even when you take your vitamins … you might want to consider the info below and possibly take them all with something from the list below that has a LOW PH level, which means that it’s acidic. Your body will have help absorbing the supplements that way. Alternately try typing in the name of the medication you’ve been prescribed and either the words “achlorhydria” or “hypochlorhydria” to see if there are any indications about this situation with your medication. You may want to do this with medications/supplements that you’re already taking.
I know this sounds odd ... since one of the other things I've been striving for since this candida diagnosis is to stay away from acidic drinks to keep my pH on the alkaline side, but one mouthful per day with my medication/supplements is a price I'm willing to pay.
Good luck trying to rely on your doctors to know and advise you of this … I was prescribed Diflucan by a urologist, an Internist, and an Infectious Disease specialist – several times over a period of the last several months. All of whom I told about my gastric bypass and all of whom I told that I couldn’t even take NSAIDs because of the lack of stomach acid issue.
It’s up to you to manage your own care … sad, but true. Thank God for sites like this. Good health to all!!
Specifically the information about my medication is below:
If you have achlorhydria (absence of stomach acid) or hypochlorhydria (decreased amount of stomach acid), and you are taking Diflucan, your doctor may want you to take your medicine with an acidic drink. You may dissolve your medicine in cola or seltzer water and drink the solution, or your may take your medicine with a glass of ginger ale, coffee, or seltzer water. Your doctor may suggest that you dissolve each capsule or tablet in a teaspoonful of weak hydrochloric acid solution to help you absorb the medicine better. Your health care professional can prepare the solution for you. After you dissolve the tablet in the acid solution, add this mixture to a small amount (1 or 2 teaspoonfuls) of water in a glass. Drink the mixture through a plastic or glass drinking straw. Place the straw behind your teeth, as far back in your mouth as you can. This will keep the acid from harming your teeth. Be sure to drink all the liquid to get the full dose of medicine. Next, swish around in your mouth about one-half glass of water and then swallow it. This will help wash away any acid that may remain in your mouth or on your teeth.