Fluconazole 150 mg capsule

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about CANESORAL.

It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you taking CANESORAL against the benefits expected for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.

The information in this leaflet relates only to CANESORAL. It is not to be used in relation to any other product, which may also contain the same active ingredient.

What CANESORAL is used for

CANESORAL is used to treat a type of fungal infection called vaginal thrush.

CANESORAL contains the active ingredient fluconazole, which belongs to a group of medicines called azole antifungals. These medicines work by preventing the growth of these fungi causing your infection.

What is vaginal thrush

Vaginal thrush is a common name for vaginal candidiasis, an infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida.

Candida is one of many organisms that live in the vagina. Your body’s natural balance (immune system) normally keeps Candida under control, but when this natural balance is upset, Candida can multiply and can cause thrush symptoms.

Common symptoms of vaginal thrush include:

  • itching, burning or soreness around the vagina
  • cottage-cheese like discharge
  • swelling or irritation of the infected area.

Things that may help you to avoid thrush in the future:

  • wear cotton briefs, stockings and loose-fitting clothing rather than tight synthetic clothing
  • wash regularly, but do not wash and dry yourself harshly
  • avoid perfumed soaps, bath additives and vaginal deodorants.

Your doctor or pharmacist may have more information on things you can do to avoid thrush in the future.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why this medicine has been recommended for you.

Your doctor or pharmacist may have recommended it for another reason.

There is no evidence that CANESORAL is addictive.

CANESORAL is a “Pharmacist Only Medicine”. It is available without a doctor’s prescription but your pharmacist’s advice is required.

CANESORAL is not recommended for children under 18 years of age except under doctor supervision.

Before you take CANESORAL

When you must not take it

Do not take CANESORAL if you have an allergy to:

  • any medicine containing fluconazole
  • any other azole antifungals related to fluconazole such as miconazole (eg. Daktarin), ketoconazole (eg. Nizoral), clotrimazole (eg. Canesten, Clonea) or itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing or difficulty in breathing
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
  • rash, itching or hives on the skin.

Do not take CANESORAL if you are taking:

  • cisapride (Prepulsid), a medicine used to treat stomach problems
  • astemizole
  • pimozide
  • quinidine.

Combining CANESORAL with the above medicines may cause serious side effects such as an abnormal heart rhythm.

Do not take CANESORAL if you are pregnant, suspect you may be pregnant or if you may become pregnant during treatment. It may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.

Do not take CANESORAL if you are breastfeeding. The active ingredie