itraconazole - injection, Sporanox (cont.)
USES: Itraconazole injection is an azole antifungal used to treat a variety of fungal infections.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein over 1 hour by a health care professional. Learn all preparation and usage instructions for this product. Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluid. Use only the IV fluid (normal saline) provided with the medication. Before using this product, check it visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If you have questions about the use of this medication, consult the doctor or pharmacist.This medication is usually given twice daily for 4 doses, then once daily or as directed by your doctor. The length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. You may eventually be switched over to itraconazole taken by mouth. Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.This medication works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: pain/swelling at injection site, new signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), fast/irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, trouble breathing, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, ringing in the ears, temporary or permanent hearing loss.Itraconazole has rarely caused very serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects, stop taking itraconazole and tell your doctor immediately: dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, persistent nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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