Posaconazole Oral Suspension
What is this medicine?
POSACONAZOLE (POE sa KON a zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat or prevent certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Take with a full meal or liquid nutritional supplement. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 13 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
diarrhea and/or vomiting
irregular heartbeat, chest pain
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
swelling in feet, ankles, legs
tingling hands, feet
unusual bruising or bleeding
unusually weak or tired
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):
loss of appetite
stomach upset, bloating
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, lomitapide, lovastatin, simvastatin
certain medicines for irregular heart beat like dofetilide, dronedarone, quinidine
ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
certain medicines for anxiety or sleep like alprazolam, midazolam, triazolam
certain medicines for blood pressure like diltiazem, nifedipine, nicardipine, verapamil
certain medicines for cancer like vinblastine, vincristine
certain medicines for diabetes like glipizide
certain medicines for seizures like phenytoin
certain medicines for stomach problems like cimetidine
medicines that lower your chance of fighting infection like cyclosporine, tacrolimus
other medicines for fungal infections
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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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
history of low levels of calcium, magnesium, or potassium in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to posaconazole, antifungals, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Some fungal infections can take many weeks or months of treatment to cure.
If you get severe diarrhea or vomiting tell your doctor right away. You may not get your full dose of medicine if you are sick.
July 17, 2018