What is Sporanox?
Sporanox (Itraconazole) is a synthetic triazole antifungal agent.
Like with many drugs, Sporanox must be used with precautions and you must talk to your health professional about your health, especially if you are trying to become pregnant or nursing a child.
I stress that you must read my article on Nail Fungus Medications so you are aware of the quite severe side effects that antifungal drugs can have on your body.
This should really scare you – The Government Issuing Health Warnings about the use of Lamasil and Sporanox.
What Sporanox tablets are used for
Sporanox capsules are used to treat:
- Persistant fungal infections of the nails, skin, hands, feet or groin.
- Persistant candida (yeast) infections of the vagina.
- Eye infections that have not responded well to other treatments or maybe affect your vision.
- Candida (yeast) infections of the mouth or throat with patients that have a lower resistance to disease.
- General infections.
Active Ingredient of Sporanox
The active ingredient is Itraconazole
How Does Sporanox Work?
Sporanox works by stopping or killing the growth of the fungus that causes the infection.
The active ingredient, Itraconazole, is absorbed into your blood stream and travels to the source of the infection.
An improvement in the nail may not be obvious for several months after the treatment period has finished.
Children and Sporanox
Sporanox capsules are not recommended for use in children and in the elderly.
Where Do I Get Sporanox?
Sporanox tablets are only available with a doctor’s prescription.
How Do I Take Sporanox Tablets?
Carefully follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist. The dosage may vary from the information contained within the package leaflet.
For best results Sporanox capsules must be taken after a meal. This is because sufficient stomach acid is required for absorption.
If unable to take with a meal the capsules should be taken with an acidic drink.
For continuous nail therapy, 2 capsules (200mg) once daily for 3 months.
For cyclic (pulse) nail therapy 2 capsules twice daily for 1 week, then stop for 3 weeks. The cycle is then repeated, once for fingernails and twice for toenail infections.
All medicines have side effects and tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you suspect something is wrong. Sporanox is no different.
Immediately tell your doctor or go to the Accident and Emergency area of your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following side effects of Lamisil.
- Abnormal tiredness.
- Loss of appetite, pale stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
- Sudden signs of allergy such as a rash, itching or hives on the skin.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, or wheezing.
- Bleeding of the lips, eyes, mouth, nose or genitals. These signs may be accompanied by a fever and chills, aching muscles and general feeling of unwell
- Experience hearing loss symptoms.
Advise your doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- Upset stomach, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation.
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth.
- Dizziness, headache, fever.
- Change in menstrual pattern.
- Unusual thinning or loss of hair.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Muscle weakness or painful joints.
- Inflammation of the pancreas.
Advise your doctor immediately if you suffer from any of the following as you may need urgent care:
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness.
- Swelling of hands, ankles, feet, legs or abdomen.
- Shortness of breath.
- Unexpected weight gain, unusual fatigue, or begin to wake up at night.
- Oversensitivity to sunlight.
- Blurriness or double vision.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Loss of ability to control your bladder, or urinate much more than usual.
The information supplied in this article is for general purpose only and not to be used solely for medical advice.