Sporanox Oral Solution

Generic Name: Itraconazole

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Sporanox oral solution is a medicine used to treat yeast infections of the mouth, throat, and esophagus.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Sporanox oral solution works by stopping the growth of fungus, thereby treating your infection.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Sporanox oral solution may help relieve your symptoms and eliminate the infection.

    When:

    Yeast Infections of the Mouth: Signs and symptoms should generally resolve within several days.

    Yeast Infection of the Mouth and Throat Unresponsive/Resistant to Fluconazole Tablets: Signs and symptoms should improve in 2 to 4 weeks.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    Sporanox oral solution should not be used if you have had heart failure, including congestive heart failure (a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body). Do not take Sporanox oral solution if you are taking certain medicines that could lead to serious or life-threatening medical problems.

    More common side effects may include: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, stomach pain.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Liver problems, with symptoms such as unusual tiredness, loss of appetite, unexplained nausea or vomiting, abdominal (stomach area) pain, light color bowel movements, dark colored urine, or yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes.

    Serious heart problems, with symptoms such as shortness of breath; unusual swelling of your feet, ankles, or legs; sudden weight gain; unusual tiredness; coughing up white or pink phlegm; unusually fast heartbeats; or you begin waking up at night.

    Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet, blurry or double vision, ringing in your ears, or you lose the ability to control your urine or urinate more than usual.

    Sporanox oral solution may also cause hearing loss that usually goes away when treatment is stopped, but can become permanent in some people.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Sporanox oral solution if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Sporanox oral solution if you have heart failure or a history of congestive heart failure.

    Do not take Sporanox oral solution if you are taking any of the following medicines: cisapride, midazolam, nisoldipine, felodipine, pimozide, quinidine, dofetilide, triazolam, methadone, levacetylmethadol, lovastatin, simvastatin, or ergot-containing medicines (such as dihydroergotamine, ergometrine, ergotamine, or methylergometrine).

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sporanox oral solution. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, lung, kidney, or liver problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Yeast Infection of the Mouth and Throat

    Adults: The usual dose is 20 milliliters (mL) once a day for 1-2 weeks.

    Yeast Infection Unresponsive/Resistant to Fluconazole Tablets

    Adults: The usual dose is 10 mL twice a day.

    Yeast Infection of the Esophagus

    Adults: The usual dose is 10 mL once a day for at least 3 weeks. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as necessary.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Sporanox oral solution exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Sporanox oral solution without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Swish 10 mL of Sporanox oral solution a time in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing it.

    Take Sporanox oral solution without food.

    Sporanox oral solution is also available as capsules. Do not use the oral solution and the capsules interchangeably.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not skip any doses. Be sure to finish all your Sporanox oral solution as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Sporanox oral solution is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Sporanox oral solution may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Sporanox oral solution during pregnancy are unknown. Sporanox oral solution can be found in your breast milk if you take it during breastfeeding. Do not take Sporanox oral solution if you are breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.