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Itraconazole

Itraconazole is prescribed to treat a range of fungal infections, such as pulmonary or extrapulmonary blastomycosis, persistent infections of the nails, skin, hands, feet, or groin, etc.

US Brand Name Sporanox
Generic Name Itraconazole
Other Brand NameItaspor
Manufacturer J&J, CIPLA
Packing 4
Form Capsule
Strength 100 mg

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Introduction

There are plenty of antifungal agents that are being prescribed by physicians for the treatment of fungal infections. Itraconazole has become one of the most important drugs for the treatment of fungal infections, although it is usually considered to be a reserve drug. It is usually prescribed when other drugs have failed to effectively treat certain conditions. It is often available in capsule form. Although it is considered to be a reserve drug, its side effects profile can be dangerous at times, particularly for patients who are suffering from heart issues. This medication has a wide range of drug interactions.

Use

Considered to be having a broader spectrum of activities than the other drugs of the same group, this drug can be used to help treat a variety of conditions. This drug is difficult to ignore because of its very effective action against fungal organisms and other fungal diseases of both systemic as well as topical in nature. The doctor would advise you on the proper use of this medicine.

Dosage and administration

Usually, doctors recommend 200 mg daily to help treat fungal infections. The proper dosage is determined by the doctor, depending on the condition, severity, and tolerance. The doctor will also advise on the duration of drug administration.

Warning

  • This drug is often used as a secondary treatment that is prescribed by the doctor due to its wide range of drug interactions.
  • Before being prescribed this medication, inform the doctor of your complete medical history, whether you suffer or have suffered from any liver ailments, kidney disease, immunological problems, diabetes, etc. The doctor would then determine if this medication is right for you.
  • Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers are to use this medication only if it has been prescribed by the doctor.
  • Inform the doctor if have any existing or past allergies to any substances as the medication may have such substances in its composition. In case you experience any allergies or discomfort while using this medication, stop using this medication and consult the doctor immediately.
  • Side effects

    Side effects may be experienced with the use of this drug. Some common side effects are listed below,

  • Skin rashes.
  • High lipid levels.
  • High liver enzymes.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Gas or heartburn.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Prolonged fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Dark urine and stool.
  • Itching.
  • Yellowing of the eyes.
  • It is extremely important to note that in case you experience any of the side effects that are listed above, allergies, or discomfort while using this medication, stop using it and consult the doctor immediately. The doctor will then re-evaluate the use of this medication for you.