Voriconazole is a Triazole antifungal medication. It is generally used to treat severe, invasive fungal infections.
Uses of Voriconazole
To treat severe and systemic fungal infections caused by aspergillus, fusarium and candida fungus such as esophageal candidiasis infection, which may cause white patches in the mouth and throat. Other fungal infections of the skin, stomach, kidney, bladder and wounds. It is also used for the prevention of fungal infection in bone marrow transplant patients.
Contraindications of Voriconazole
When should one not use Voriconazole
Allergic to the medicine or its content.
Side effects of Voriconazole
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Swelling (inflammation) of the cavities of the face
- Skin rashes
- Constipation, diarrhea or digestive problems
- Yellowish discoloration
- Vision problems
- Swelling in your hands
- Ankles or feet
- Sleep disturbances
Precautions and Warnings of Voriconazole
Can I take Voriconazole during pregnancy?
Use of this medicine during pregnancy should be avoided as it may affect the baby.
Can I take Voriconazole while breastfeeding?
Use of this medicine in breastfeeding is not recommended as it may pass into breast milk.
Can I drive if I have consumed Voriconazole?
This medicine may cause blurred vision. Do not drive unless you feel well.
Can I consume alcohol with Voriconazole?
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of severe liver problems.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- If you have sudden blindness or pain upon moving the eyes
- Fluoride deposits in bone
- Bone inflammation with pain
- Heart diseases
- Prolonged Q-T interval on ECG
- Abnormal ECG with QT changes from birth
- Hardening of the liver or abnormal liver function tests
- Swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas
- Low amount of magnesium, potassium and calcium in the blood
Mode of Action of Voriconazole
How Does It Work?
The primary mode of action is the inhibition of certain chemicals essential for fungal cell growth.
Interactions of Voriconazole
Interactions with other medicines
Voriconazole has interactions with numerous medications. Do not take this without a physician’s advice.
Interactions with food items
Avoid taking this medicine along with food. The food will make it easier for your body to absorb the medicine.
Dietary Restrictions of Voriconazole
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Voriconazole, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Dosage of Voriconazole
Seek emergency medical attention or ask for help if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include vision problems, excessive mouth salivation, weakness, loss of balance, shortness of breath or convulsions.
Missed a Dose
Take the missed dose as early as you remember. Skip the missed dose and do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should be discussed with my healthcare provider before taking this medicine?
A: You should not use Voriconazole if you are allergic to it, tell the list of medications you are using and discuss your present health conditions with your doctor before taking medicine.
Q: When and how to consume medicine?
A: Take this at least one hour before or after eating a meal. Before using this medicine, shake the oral suspension (liquid) correctly to measure a dose. Measure the liquid to be taken with a given dose measuring spoon or cup. Take the exact amount of the medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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