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A Sugar Dilemma Solved

Oral thrush is a common infection that involves an overgrowth of the Candida albicans organism in the mouth and throat. Common symptoms include white patches covering the throat, gums, tongue, and cheeks. These patches may also develop painful sores in the mouth and sometimes lead to secondary bacterial infections. While being treated for thrush, it is advised that patients avoid foods containing sugar (including some artificial sweeteners), alcohol, and grains containing gluten.


Nystatin is a common antifungal medication that is used as a mouthwash to treat thrush. Surprisingly, the commercial product, Nystatin 100,000 units/mL suspension, contains 50% sucrose (sugar) AND some alcohol. This seems counterproductive.


As an alternative to the commercial product, we offer two compounded suspensions that are commonly requested for thrush. Suitable for use in infants or adults, our compounded nystatin suspensions have no sugar, alcohol, gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, parabens, or food starch. A polymer complex allows us to maintain a pleasant taste using a sugar-free sweetener that is both natural and neutral and that compliments any flavor preference.


If you would like information on our compounded nystatin suspensions to take to your physician, please don’t hesitate to stop by the pharmacy and ask. We would be happy to help you.

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