What is Sporanox (Itraconazole) used for?
Sporanox (Itraconazole) is a triazole antifungal with a wide variety of uses. It is prescribed to patients as a treatment for fungal infections affecting the fingernails or toenails. It is also used as a treatment for yeast infections of the throat or mouth or for fungal infections which start off in the lungs and spread throughout the body. Apart from this, it is sometimes prescribed to patients with HIV in order to prevent fungal infections.
How should I use Sporanox (Itraconazole)?
Sporanox (Itraconazole) comes in the form of capsules, which should be swallowed whole with a glass of water with a meal. If you are treating fungal infections of the nails, you may be told to take it twice per day for 1 week, after which you may be told not to take it for 3 weeks. It may then be taken again twice per day, for 1 more week. You should note that it can take up to 6 months for fingernails to fully re-grow, and 1 year for toenails. You should consult your physician if you believe that this treatment is not effective.
What are the side effects of Sporanox (Itraconazole)?
Possible side effects of Sporanox (Itraconazole) include:
If you notice tremors, signs of fever or a tingling sensation affecting the hands or feet, you should immediately consult your physician.
In some cases, this drug may cause congestive heart failure. Patients should discuss the risk of this with their physician before using this medication.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Sporanox (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.