itraconazole solution - oral, Sporanox (cont.)
USES: Itraconazole solution is an azole antifungal medication used to treat certain fungal infections, including infections of the mouth, throat, and esophagus (oropharyngeal/esophageal candidiasis).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to prevent certain fungal infections in patients with HIV.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking itraconazole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth without food, usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. When using this drug to treat fungal infections of the mouth, throat, or esophagus, swish the solution (2 teaspoons or 10 milliliters at a time) in your mouth for several seconds, and then swallow.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.This medication works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take 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.Take itraconazole 2 hours before or 1 hour after antacids. Antacids may decrease the absorption of this medication. Also, take this medication with a cola drink if you have decreased or no stomach acid (e.g., achlorhydria) or if you take drugs that decrease stomach acid (e.g., H2 blockers such as ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.The capsule and solution forms of this medication deliver different amounts of medication and may be used for different purposes. Do not switch between the capsule and solution forms without your doctor's permission and directions.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, stomach upset, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist 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: muscle cramps/pain, weakness, fast/irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), enlarged breasts in men, hair loss, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), ringing in the ears, temporary or permanent hearing loss.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: numbness/tingling of the hands/feet.Itraconazole has rarely caused very serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking itraconazole and tell your doctor immediately: yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.Itraconazole can commonly cause a mild rash that is usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. Therefore, seek immediate medical attention if you develop any rash.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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