Sporanox

Generic name: Itraconazole.

Sporanox is an antifungal. It destroys and prevents the fowth of fungi.

Quick Facts About Sporanox

Purpose

Used to treat two types of fungal infections — blastomycosis (rare infection caused by inhaling a fungus found in wood and soil, and affecting lungs, bones, and skin); and histoplasmosis (infection caused by inhaling fungal spores, and affecting lungs, heart, and blood). Also used to treat fungal infections in people with weak immune systems such as AIDS patients. Additionally, used to treat fungal infections of the toenail resulting in thickness, roughness, and splitting of the nail, with or without fingernail involvement

Sporanox Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed, with food. Finish entire prescription, otherwise infection may return.

  • Usual adult dose: two 100-milligram capsules taken with food once per day. Doctor may increase by 100 milligrams at a time up to 400 milligrams per day if no improvement or if infection spreads. Doses over 200 milligrams per day are divided into smaller doses. Therapy lasts a minimum of 3 months or until infection has disappeared. Now also comes in solution.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Sporanox Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, high blood pressure, nausea, rash, swelling due to water retention, vomiting.

Less common Sporanox side effects: abdominal pain, decreases sex drive, dizziness, feeling of general discomfort, itching, loss of appetite, reproductive disorders such as male impotence, extreme sleepiness. Rare side effects: depression, gas, male breast development male breast pain, ringing in ears, sleeplessness.

Interactions

Serious heart problems and death have occurred in rare cases when taking Seldane or Hismanal with Sporanox.

Inform your doctor before combining Sporanox with:

antiulcer medications such as Tagamet and Zantac; astemizole (Hismanal); blood thinners such as Coumadin; carbamazepine (Tegretol); cyclosporine (Sandimmune); digoxin (Lanoxin); isoniazid (INH); oral diabetes medications such as DiaBeta, Diabinese, Glucotrol, and Micronase; phenytoin (Dilantin); rifampin (Rifadin or Rimactane); terfenadine (Seldane).

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Avoid if sensitive to or allergic to Sporanox or similar antifungal medications.
  • Doctor should monitor you if you have liver disease. Immediately contact your doctor if you develop symptoms such as: unusual fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, dark urine, or pale stool.

Note:

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