Fluconazole is an antifungal medication that may be used to treat fungal infections of the central nervous system, skin, or urinary tract in your pet. There may be other conditions for which your veterinarian may prescribe this medication.
Dogs and Cats
Fluconazole may be used for the treatment of serious fungal infections in the central nervous system and various yeast/fungal infections of the skin.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Astemizole, cisapride or terfenadine should not be given with fluconazole. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. The following lists examples of medicines that can potentially interact with fluconazole: amphotericin B, buspirone, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, diuretics, fentanyl, midazolam, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, rifampin, theophylline/aminophylline, tricyclic antidepressants, anti-diabetic agents( glipizide, glyburide), warfarin. The following medications should not be given with fluconazole: astemizole, cisapride or terfenadine. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects may include loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, if these symptoms persist contact your veterinarian. This medication has the potential to increase liver enzymes. Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Fluconazole should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian.