Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?
There are no specific drug to drug interactions with nystatin combinations. Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any medications (including vitamins, supplements, or herbal therapies) that your pet is taking.
This medication, when combined with a corticosteroid, may interact with allergy testing; discontinue its use 2 weeks prior to allergy testing.
Nystatin cream is a prescription cream used to treat skin infections in dogs. It may be used on its own as an antifungal, or in a combination with other drugs to treat other skin infections. Though it has low chance of potential side effects, it should be used as directed by your veterinarian.
While nystatin on its own is sufficient for treating Candida albicans and other susceptible fungi, it requires the addition of a corticosteroid and antibiotic for other uses; otherwise it is ineffective against infections caused by parasites, bacteria or viruses. As a combination, it may be prescribed to treat ear infections and inflammations as well as infections between the dogs toes or in the anal gland.
When combined with thiostrepton, neomycin and triamcinolone, nystatin is marketed under several names for veterinary use, including Panalog, Animax and Derma-Vet. The commercial formulations are a combination of an antifungal, antibiotic and corticosteroid, useful for certain skin infections. In its generic antifungal version, it is effective against fungi, such as the yeast infection Candida albicans. Nystatin kills the fungus by disrupting its cell membrane. Though its an antifungal, not all fungi are vulnerable to its powers.
Generally, nystatin and its commercial equivalents are used with little to no side effects in dogs. When in the combination form, the triamcinolone element of the medication may be absorbed into the dogs circulatory system and long-term use of the cream may affect a dogs adrenal gland function. Other potential side effects include:
If your vet prescribes nystatin, use the cream as directed, even if your dog appears to be fully healed to prevent a relapse or development of resistance to the medication. A dog with deep abscesses or skin infections should not use nystatin cream, nor should a pregnant or lactating dog. Try to avoid getting the cream in your dogs mouth when applying the cream and call the vet if your dog ingests nystatin. Tetracycline may interact with this medication.
Are there any potential side effects?
Side effects are uncommon but may include localized skin inflammation. Serious side effects include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden hearing loss, worsening ear pain, head tilt, mouth sores, worsening lesions, increased thirst, more frequent urination, skin thinning, worsening hair loss, or new infections at the application site.
This moderate-acting medication should stop working in a few days, although effects can be longer in pets with liver or kidney disease.
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