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Clin Infect Dis. 1997 Jun;24(6):1204-7.

Oropharyngeal candidiasis in patients with AIDS: randomized comparison of fluconazole versus nystatin oral suspensions.

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Division of Infectious Disease, University of California Hospital, San Francisco 94143, USA.


A total of 167 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients with oropharyngeal candidiasis were randomly assigned to receive 14 days of therapy with liquid suspension fluconazole (100 mg once daily) or liquid nystatin (500,000 U four times daily). At day 14, 87% of the fluconazole-treated patients were clinically cured, as opposed to 52% in the nystatin-treated group (P < .001). Fluconazole eradicated Candida organisms from the oral flora in 60%, vs. a 6% eradication rate with nystatin (P < .001). The fluconazole group had fewer relapses noted on day 28 (18%, vs. 44% in the nystatin group; P < .001). This relapse difference no longer existed by day 42. Fluconazole oral suspension as a systemic therapy was more effective than liquid nystatin as a topical therapy in the treatment of oral candidiasis in HIV-infected patients and provided a longer disease-free interval before relapse.

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