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Voriconazole ( vohr-ih-KON-uh-zohl) is used to treat different kinds of serious fungal infections. It may also be used to treat patients with serious fungal infections who cannot tolerate other types of treatment or do not respond to other types of treatment.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For voriconazole, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to voriconazole. Also tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Voriconazole has been shown to cause fetal harm. Women should use effective contraception during treatment with voriconazole. However, this medicine may be needed in serious diseases or other situations that threaten the mother's life. Before taking this medicine, be sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether voriconazole passes into breast milk. Voriconazole should not be used by nursing mothers unless the benefit outweighs the risk.
Children- Studies on this medicine have been done only in patients 12 and older, and there is no specific information comparing the use of voriconazole in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. Voriconazole is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking voriconazole, it is especially important that your doctor and pharmacist know if you are taking any of the following:
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of voriconazole. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
The dose of voriconazole will be different for different patients. The dose that is used may depend on a number of things, including how many doses you have already received and how well you tolerate the dose. The injection form of voriconazole may be given by a doctor or nurse in the hospital or clinic. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of voriconazole. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so. Your doctor may need to change your dose if blood levels of voriconazole are too high or too low.
The number of tablets that you take or the strength of solution you get depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are taking voriconazole.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits to see if the medicine is working properly and decide if you should continue to take it.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. Your doctor will discuss with you any changes in your medicine. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
This medicine may cause some people to have changes in vision. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you have vision changes .
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT