Itraconazole is mainly used to treat fungal infections. It belongs to the drug group of azole antifungals. This medication helps to treat, control, prevent and improve various kinds of fungal infections by stopping the fungal growth in the body.
The medicine works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, which is an important component of the fungi cell membrane. Other than fungal infections, it can also be used to treat flaky discolored patches on the chest and the back.
It is highly advised to the patients who are suffering from any heart, kidney, liver or lung disease to inform the doctor about the same before being prescribed this medicine. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised to avoid the use of it and if necessary, consult the doctor.
Any use of antacids or acid blockers must be avoided for a minimum of two hours of taking the medicine as it may reduce efficiency. Since dizziness and blurred vision are one of the common side effects of this drug, it is advised to avoid driving or to engage in any work which involves concentration.
QT Interval prolonging drugs
Congestive Heart Failure (Chf)
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medication lasts up to 16 to 28 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect of this medication is observed to be in 2 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medication is not recommended to pregnant women. In the case of absolute necessity, one must consult the doctor and discuss its pros and cons.
Is it habit forming?
It is not reported to be a habit forming drug.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medication is not recommended for breastfeeding women. In the case of absolute necessity, one must consult the doctor and discuss its pros and cons.
Is It safe with alcohol?
It is advised to avoid the consumption of alcohol while administrating this medication as one of the side effects of this drug is dizziness and blurry eyes, which may be further worsened if alcohol is consumed along with it.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
It is advised to avoid driving after the use of Itracoanzole as dizziness and blurry eyes are its main side effects.
Does this affect kidney function?
Though no major effect on kidney function is reported by the use of this medication, sometimes it may result in side effects like indigestion or change in colour of urine.
Does this affect liver function?
Though no major effect on liver function is reported by the use of it but it is advised to any person suffering from any prior liver disease to inform the doctor immediately as it may lead to interaction.
Are there any missed dose instructions?
If the patient misses the dose, it is advised to take such dose as soon as it comes to the notice of the patient. If the time of the next scheduled is near then it is advised to skip the missed dose.
Are there any overdose instructions?
If the patient experiences the symptoms of overdose of the drug, he is advised to immediately inform the doctor.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Itraconazole as ingredient
This medication is an antifungal. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol which is an important component of the fungi cell membrane by inhibiting cytochrome P450-dependent 14α-demethylase enzyme, thus helps in inhibiting the growth of the organism.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
This medication may interact with the following diseases and if one is suffering from any of these must take Itraconazole with caution: Liver disease and QT Prolongation.
Interaction with Alcohol
AlcoholInteraction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Food
It is advised to take this medicine capsule with food as it results in better absorption of it. But Itraconazole solution must be taken on an empty stomach.
Interaction with Medicine
The use of this medicine along with other drugs may result in a change of effect of this drug. It is recommended to inform the doctor about any drug usage. Some medicines which may interact with Itraconazole are Alprazolam, Aliskiren, Artesunate, Astemizole, Bosentan, Buspirone, Busulfan, Calcium carbonate, Carbamazepine, and Cisapride.
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