Generic Name: itraconazole, Oral capsule

Sporanox

All Brands

  • Sporanox
SECTION 1 of 4

Highlights for itraconazole

Oral capsule
1
ITRACONAZOLE (i tra KO na zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
2
This drug also comes in other forms, including Oral SolutionParenteral SolutionOral tablet
3 4 5
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
6
Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
SECTION 2 of 4

itraconazole Side Effects

Oral capsule

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
  • breathing problems
  • changes in hearing
  • cough up mucus
  • dark urine
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • 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):

  • blurred/double vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • stomach upset or bloating
SECTION 3 of 4

itraconazole May Interact with Other Medications

Oral capsule

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • alfuzosin
  • cisapride
  • colchicine
  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
  • methadone
  • nevirapine
  • pimozide
  • red yeast rice
  • sirolimus
  • some medicines for anxiety or sleep like alprazolam, clorazepate, flurazepam, midazolam, triazolam
  • some medicines for blood pressure like felodipine and nisoldipine
  • some medicines for cancer treatment like irinotecan
  • some medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cerivastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin
  • some medicines for the heart like conivaptan, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, eplerenone, quinidine, ranolazine
  • some medicines for psychotic disturbances like lurasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alfentanil
  • antacids
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • budesonide
  • buspirone
  • cilostazol
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • eletriptan
  • erythromycin
  • fentanyl
  • fluticasone
  • halofantrine
  • medicines for blood pressure like amlodipine and 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
  • methylprednisolone
  • other medicines for fungal infections
  • phenytoin, fosphenytoin
  • some medicines for diabetes
  • tacrolimus
  • trimetrexate
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
SECTION 4 of 4

How to Use itraconazole

Oral capsule

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 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
  • history of irregular heartbeat
  • kidney disease or on dialysis
  • liver disease
  • lung disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to itraconazole, or other antifungal medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
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.

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 2 hours after taking this medicine.

You may get dizzy or blurred/double vision when taking this medicine. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that may be dangerous until you know how the medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient.

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.

Send us your feedback

Thank you.

Your message has been sent.

We're sorry, an error occurred.

We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later.

Last Updated: June 30, 2014

The Healthline Site, its content, such as text, graphics, images, search results, and other material contained on the Healthline Site ("Content"), its services, and any information or material posted on the Healthline Site by third parties are provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Healthline Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Please read the Terms of Service for more information regarding use of the Healthline Site.
Content licensed by
Gold Standard Logo

Healthline - Gold Standard License

Terms of Use

Licensee provides access to Alchemy provided by Gold Standard, Inc. ("Gold Standard"). Although Gold Standard makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of Alchemy, End User acknowledges and agrees that Licensee, its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees and information providers and Gold Standard, its affiliates, its licensors, and their respective officers, directors, employees and information providers will not be held liable for any damages suffered or incurred by End User or any third person arising out of: a) any faults, interruptions or delays in Alchemy or its delivery, b) any use of or reliance on Alchemy by any person, or c) any inaccuracies, errors or omissions in Alchemy, irrespective of however such faults, interruptions, delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions arise. Gold Standard shall not be liable to End User for any loss, cost or damages resulting from any delays in delivery and/or non-delivery of Alchemy or its content. End User acknowledges and agrees that its sole and exclusive remedy in the event of such delay is to not accept these terms and conditions. Gold Standard does not represent or warrant that Alchemy will meet the objectives or needs of End User or any third party. Gold Standard makes no warranty of merchantability of Alchemy or of the fitness of Alchemy for any purpose.

About Gold Standard

The Gold Standard editorial staff develops clinically-based drug information content through an independent, peer-reviewed process. Content updates to the database include new FDA-approved drugs, new non-prescription and herbal therapies, newly published information regarding FDA label changes and relevant clinical studies affecting off-label utilization. Editors do not have any significant financial relationships with the industry that would introduce bias in the editing or review of database content.

Read This Next

The Calming Effects of Passionflower
The Calming Effects of Passionflower
Is Kava the Cure for Anxiety?
Is Kava the Cure for Anxiety?
Dong Quai: An Ancient Mystery
Dong Quai: An Ancient Mystery
Holy Basil, Batman! 7 Potential Health Benefits
Holy Basil, Batman! 7 Potential Health Benefits
Adderall and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know
Adderall and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement