Vaginal yeast infections, also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis, are the most common cause of clumpy discharge from the vagina. Vulvovaginal candidiasis occurs when the healthy yeast that naturally resides in your vagina grows out of control.
The normal yeast that dwells in your vagina may cause an infection if it is allowed to develop to excessive levels due to a disruption in the natural balance of the vaginal chemistry.
Yeast infections can be treated with antifungal medications such as fluconazole, which may be administered to you if this occurs.
But why is it that even after taking fluconazole, some people continue to experience clumpy discharge? Is it possible that the fluconazole treatment did not help them? Or does their internal chemistry differ from ours.
In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the problem of why you are experiencing clumpy discharge after taking Fluconazole, what it signifies, and whether or not it is typical.
Fluconazole, What you need to know?
A common medication used to treat yeast infections is called fluconazole (Diflucan). Medications for yeast infections are only available via prescription and cannot be purchased over-the-counter.
The antifungal medication fluconazole works by inhibiting the growth of the fungus that is responsible for the infection.
What can you use Fluconazole for?
Fluconazole is an antifungal medication that can be taken orally in the form of either a tablet or a suspension. The oral tablet form of fluconazole is offered for sale as both the generic medicine and the brand-name drug known as Diflucan.
Fluconazole is both a preventative and therapeutic medication for candidiasis. An infection brought on by Candida, a fungus that can take on many different forms, is the root cause of this illness. Candidasis can manifest itself in a variety of forms, including oral yeast infections and vaginal yeast infections, for instance (thrush).
Candidiasis can also cause infections in other parts of your body, such as your throat, esophagus, lungs, and blood. These infections can be caused by the fungus Candida. Patients who have undergone bone marrow transplants could be given fluconazole as a preventative measure against candidiasis. The reason for this is because their immune systems are compromised, which increases the likelihood that they may become infected with a severe type of candidiasis. The fungal infection known as meningitis, which can be caused by Cryptococcus, can also be treated with fluconazole. Meningitis is an infection that affects both the brain and the spinal cord.
Does Fluconazole has any side effects?
You must also be familiar with the side effects of fluconazole in order to understand why you may be experiencing any problems while taking the medication, such as continuing to have clumpy discharge even after taking fluconazole.
Common side effects of Fluconazole
Serious side effects of Fluconazole
The following are examples of serious adverse effects that may occur:
- Hair loss
- High triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia)
- Increased alkaline phosphatase
- Increased ALT/AST
- Liver failure
- Low blood potassium (hypokalemia)
- Low levels of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia)
- Low levels of white blood cells (leukopenia)
- QT prolongation
- Severe allergic reactions (anaphylactic reactions)
- Shortness of breath
- Skin swelling
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Taste perversion
- Torsades de pointes
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice)
If you are experiencing major side effects, you should contact your physician as soon as possible. If your symptoms appear to be life-threatening or if you believe you may be experiencing a medical emergency, you should contact the emergency response number in your area or your primary care physician immediately.
There is a possibility that this medicine will also cause other undesirable side effects. Get in touch with your healthcare provider if you experience any strange symptoms while using this medication.
To report any adverse effects, please call the Food and Drug Administration at the toll-free number 1-800-FDA-1088 if you are in the United States or Canada.
Reasons Why You Have Clumpy Discharge After Taking Fluconazole
After taking fluconazole, the presence of a discharge that is clumpy is an indication that a vaginal yeast infection is getting better, as stated by Medssafety. Before the infection is entirely cured by the treatment, it will often cause a thick and clumpy discharge that is white in color and has a distinctively thick consistency.
Yeast infections frequently result in thick, white, clumpy vaginal discharge that is typically odorless. In most cases, yeast infections do not cause discomfort (or only smells slightly different than normal). In addition to this, you might notice a milky or yellowish covering inside and around your vagina. The majority of yeast infections cause itching, burning, and/or redness in or around the vagina. Yeast infections can also cause vaginal discharge.
The following is a list of some advice that can be used to prevent vaginal infections, which can lead to abnormal discharge:
- Washing the outside of the vagina with gentle, mild soap and warm water will help you maintain a clean vagina. It is not necessary to place soap directly in the vaginal canal.
- Under no circumstances should you use scented soaps, feminine products, or douche. Additionally, steer clear of feminine sprays as well as bubble baths.
- Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom to avoid bacteria from entering the vagina and developing an infection. This is very important to do after going to the bathroom.
- Undergarments should be made of 100 percent cotton, and you should avoid wearing clothes that is too tight.
Does fluconazole really works?
The antifungal medication fluconazole is classified as a member of the triazole group of medicines. A group of different pharmaceuticals that share a common mode of action is referred to as a class of drugs. These medications are frequently prescribed for the treatment of illnesses that are quite similar. Fluconazole is effective because it prevents the growth of Candida and Cryptococcus by interfering with the fungi’s capacity to reproduce. People who have infections caused by these fungus can use this medicine to help clear up their condition and get rid of the illness. It is helpful in preventing infection in individuals who are at a higher risk of candidiasis.
Both a tablet and a suspension (liquid) form of fluconazole are available to be taken orally. It is recommended to take it once day, either with or without food. It’s possible that you’ll only need to take one dose of fluconazole, but it’s also possible that you’ll need to take it for several weeks or even longer. The duration of your treatment is going to be directly proportional to both the severity of your ailment and how well you respond to the fluconazole. Carefully follow the advice on the label of your medication, and if there is anything on the label that you do not understand, ask your physician or pharmacist to clarify it to you.
Typical dosing for fluconazole (Diflucan):
- Vaginal yeast infection: The dose for this is 150 mg by mouth taken one time only.
- Oral thrush: The dose for this is 200 mg taken by mouth or injected on the first day, followed by 100 mg by mouth or injected once daily for at least 1 week.
- Cryptococcal meningitis: The dose for this is 400 mg taken by mouth or injected on the first day, followed by 200 mg by mouth or injected once daily. Most people with this condition will take fluconazole (Diflucan) for several months, and some people may need to take it long-term to prevent the infection from coming back.
- Bloodstream or systemic infection: The dose for this varies from person to person based on how their body responds to fluconazole (Diflucan). Doses of up to 400 mg per day can be given either by mouth or by injection.
- Urinary tract infection and peritonitis: The dose for these infections is 50 mg to 200 mg by mouth or injected once daily.
- Prevention of fungal infection: The dose for this is 400 mg taken by mouth or injected once daily, usually starting several days before the bone marrow transplant takes place.
Take fluconazole in accordance with the directions provided. You should not take more or less of it, and you should not take it more frequently, than your doctor has recommended.
On the very first day of your therapy, your physician could instruct you to take twice the normal amount of fluconazole. Take your time and carefully follow these instructions.
Before each usage, give the bottle a good shake to ensure that the medication is thoroughly mixed.
During the first few days of taking fluconazole, you should start to notice an improvement in how you are feeling. If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, you should make an appointment with your doctor.
Even if your symptoms improve, you should keep taking the fluconazole as prescribed by your doctor until he or she instructs you to stop. Fluconazole should not be stopped without first discussing this with your healthcare provider. If you stop taking fluconazole too soon, it is possible that your infection will return in a short amount of time.
You can obtain a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient by asking your pharmacist or your doctor for it.