An antifungal medication, itraconazole fights off infections that are caused by fungi. As a result, this medication can treat fungus that invades any part of the adult body, such as the lungs, mouth, throat, toenails, and fingernails.
To eliminate your fungal infection, be sure to follow your doctor and prescription label’s directions exactly.
If you’re taking itraconazole in combination with a stomach acid-reducer medication, make sure that you take itraconazole with an acidic drink.
Keep taking itraconazole for your prescribed time. If you choose to avoid a number of doses, you raise the risk that your infection becomes resistant to medication.
When putting itraconazole away, place it in an area that’s at room temperature and has no moisture, heat, or light.
Itraconazole should not be taken if you plan on getting pregnant or are already pregnant. The medication can pass into breast milk and possibly affect your baby. So let your doctor know if you have any near future pregnancy plans.
If you do take itraconazole, be careful when driving or taking antacids. This medication could impair your reactions, making driving dangerous. And it could become difficult for your body to absorb if you have taken antacids an hour prior or two hours later.
There are a number of common side effects you might encounter while taking itraconazole. Some include headaches, higher blood pressure, rashes, itching, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, swelling, abnormal liver function, fever, unpleasant taste in mouth, hair loss, impotence, and menstruation changes.
You may encounter more severe side effects like light-headedness, blurry vision, pancreatitis, or liver problems. Despite the severity of these side effects, it is still advised that you continue taking your medication. But do make sure to call your doctor as soon as you experience any of these symptoms.