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itraconazole (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox, Sporanox PulsePak)?

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to itraconazole or similar medications such as fluconazole or ketoconazole, if you have ever had congestive heart failure, or if you are pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment.

Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with itraconazole. Your doctor may need to change your treatment plan if you use any of the following drugs:

  • cisapride;
  • dofetilide;
  • lovastatin or simvastatin;
  • methadone;
  • midazolam or triazolam;
  • felodipine or nisoldipine;
  • pimozide;
  • quinidine; or
  • ergot medicines such as dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, or methylergonovine.

To make sure itraconazole is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether itraconazole will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Itraconazole passes into breast milk and can harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox, Sporanox PulsePak)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

The itraconazole capsule should be taken after a full meal.

Take itraconazole oral solution (liquid) on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Swish the liquid in your mouth for several seconds before swallowing it.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Itraconazole capsules should not be used in place of itraconazole oral solution (liquid) if that is what your doctor has prescribed. Make sure you have received the correct type of this medication at the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist if you have any questions.

Take this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Itraconazole will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

While using itraconazole, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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