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Voriconazole Solution for injection
Generic Name: voriconazole
Brand Names: VFEND
What is this medicine?VORICONAZOLE (vohr ih KON uh zohl) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- history of irregular heartbeat
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to voriconazole, other antifungal medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
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 may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- barbiturates, like phenobarbital
- certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
- ergotamine, dihydroergotamine
- rifampin, rifapentine
- red yeast rice
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
- female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for diabetes
- medicines for erectile dysfunction
- medicines for heart disease like diltiazem, nicardipine
- medicines for sleep
- medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You will need blood work done while you are taking this medicine. Some fungal infections need many weeks or months of treatment to cure.
You may have changes in vision, including blurring and/or light sensitivity. Do not drive at night while taking this medicine. If you notice a change in vision avoid potentially hazardous tasks, such as driving or operating machinery. Avoid strong, direct sunlight during this therapy.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
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 or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
- breathing problems
- change in amount or color of urine
- changes in vision
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- fever, chills, or infection
- pale colored stools
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- seizures, tremors
- stomach pain
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- 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):
- agitation, anxiety, or confusion
- dry mouth
- loss of appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- pain at site where injected
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Do not use if the solution is discolored or if it has any solids in it. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.