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Pet Medication 101: Fluconazole

fluconazole for dogs

It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what fluconazole is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.

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1. Drug Name:

fluconazole

2. Brand Names:

Diflucan, Viaflex

3. How Dispensed:

Prescription-only

4. Forms:

Tablets (50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg), powder to reconstitute, injection

5. DrugType/Class:

Antifungal

6. Uses in Cats and Dogs:

Treatment for fungal infections such as cryptococcus, blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, candidiasis, Malassezia, and dermatophytes.

7. How it Works:

Fluconazole works by inhibiting the production of the fungal cell wall. This causes the fungus to be structurally deficient, making it unable to reproduce or survive.

8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:

anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, liver toxicity

9. Drug Interactions:

benzodiazepines, buspirone, cimetidine, cisapride, colchicine, corticosteroids, certain narcotics, NSAIDs, cyclosporine, diuretics. Fluconazole and these medications can affect each other by increasing the concentration of the drug in the bloodstream.

10: Cautionary Statements:

Use with caution in patients with liver disease.

Read more:

Blastomycosis in Dogs and Cats

Histoplasmosis in Dogs and Cats

Medication Info Sheet: Ketoconazole

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