What is this medicine?
ITRACONAZOLE (i tra KO na zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take after eating a full meal. If you have a condition called achlorhydria, are taking H2-receptor antagonists or other gastric acid suppressors, you should take this medicine with a cola beverage. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in hearing
cough up mucus
fast, irregular heartbeat
general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
loss of appetite
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
right upper belly pain
sudden weight gain
swelling in feet, ankles, or legs
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
red yeast rice
some medicines for anxiety or sleep like alprazolam, clorazepate, flurazepam, midazolam, triazolam
some medicines for cancer treatment
some medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin
some medicines for the heart like conivaptan, dofetilide, eplerenone, quinidine, ranolazine
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
medicines for blood pressure like amlodipine, felodipine, nifedipine
medicines for stomach problems like cimetidine, famotidine, omeprazole, lansoprazole
medicines for tuberculosis like isoniazid, INH, rifabutin, rifampin, rifapentine
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
other medicines for fungal infections
some medicines for diabetes
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart disease, including angina or heart failure
kidney disease or on dialysis
an unusual or allergic reaction to itraconazole, or other antifungal medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for check ups. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Some fungal infections can take many weeks or months of treatment to cure.
Avoid medicines for your stomach like antacids, anticholinergics and acid blockers for at least two hours after taking this medicine.