What is Canditral (Itraconazole) used for?
Canditral (Itraconazole) is a type of antifungal known as a triazole. It is effective in treating fungal infections such as those affecting the fingernails or toenails. It can also treat fungal infections which start off in the lungs and spread through the body, yeast infections occurring in the mouth or throat and fungal infections in patients with fever. This drug may also treat other types of fungal infections and may be given to patients with HIV to prevent fungal infections.
How should I use Canditral (Itraconazole)?
Canditral (Itraconazole) capsules are normally taken 1 to 3 times per day, with a meal, usually for at least 3 months. However the dosage for fungal infections affecting the nails is different. For infections of the nails, it is usually taken twice per day for a period of 1 week, and then not taken for 3 weeks, after which it is then taken twice per day for 1 week. However it is important to note that when treating an infection of the nails, you may not notice an improvement until the growth of new nails occurs. This may take up to 6 months for fingernails, and as much as 1 year for toenails. Consult your physician if you believe the treatment is not working.
What are the side effects of Canditral (Itraconazole)?
Some possible side effects of Canditral (Itraconazole) can include:
Other serious side effects that require immediate medical attention may occur, such as uncontrolled shaking, fever or a tingling sensation in the hands or feet.
This drug may in some cases cause congestive heart failure. You should inform your physician if you have ever had heart problems, and discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with this medication.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Canditral (Itraconazole). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.