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What Is Itraconazole?

Itraconazole is an oral antifungal drug to treat fungal infections in adults. It is one of the antifungal medicines in the class of triazole group of compounds. It interferes with the production of specific components of the fungi. Itraconazole destroys the cell membrane of fungi to arrest their growth. Itraconazole offers several uses and benefits to treat fungal infections of the mouth, genitals, and other body parts.

What Are The Uses Of Itraconazole?

Itraconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal medicine that stops the growth of fungi. It provides relief from discomforting symptoms of fungal infections such as itching. Itraconazole can treat and slow down fungi growth in fungal infections affecting various body parts. It assures remarkable healing of yeast infections and may prevent recurrences. Itraconazole is also suitable to treat toenail fungal infections.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Itraconazole?

Itraconazole has minor side effects that may not need medical intervention. These side effects are manageable and may disappear after you adjust to the drug. Following are some common side effects of Itraconazole:

  • Nausea.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Disturbances in the menstrual cycle.
  • Cough.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Headache.
  • Thirst.

You may notice some side effects with mild-to-moderate severity.

Consult a physician if you notice persisting side effects causing concerns.

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FAQ's

1. How Long Does Itraconazole Take To Work On Ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin with an appearance of a circular rash, hence the name. Itraconazole takes around one to four weeks after treatment for its optimum action on the fungi that cause ringworm infections. It is essential to complete the dosage for the best results.

2. Is Itraconazole A Steroid?

Itraconazole is not a steroid. It is an antifungal, which belongs to the group of medicines known as triazoles. It has an excellent efficacy against common fungal infections. Itraconazole reduces the need to use steroids, as it minimizes inflammation and itching. It is a steroid-sparing medicine for this reason.

3. Is Itraconazole Safe?

Itraconazole is a safe medicine for human consumption to treat fungal infections in adults. It has few minor side effects that may not require medical attention. Itraconazole has no history of causing life-threatening adverse reactions. Some of the common side effects of Itraconazole are nausea, headache, cough, and the common cold.

4. Can I Take Itraconazole 200 Mg Twice A Day?

Itraconazole dosage differs depending on the fungal infection. Follow the dosage per the recommendations of your physician. You can take Itraconazole 200 Mg twice a day if your doctor has advised the same. Maintain a time gap of 12 hours between the two doses for optimum results.

5. How Long Does Itraconazole Stay In Your Body?

Itraconazole has a half-life of around 60 hours and therefore stays in the blood for a long time. Most of the drug elimination occurs through stool and urine. It may require two weeks for complete elimination.

6. Does Itraconazole Cause Hair Loss?

Hair loss is one of the rarest and most unlikely side effects of Itraconazole. Common side effects of Itraconazole include nausea, headache, abdominal discomfort, or cough. Rare side effects of Itraconazole, like hair loss or hair thinning, are not very serious or life-threatening. However, consult your physician if you notice any of these side effects. Consult a physician at Yashoda Hospitals for more information.

7. Is Itraconazole An Antibiotic?

It is not an antibiotic. Antibiotics act against bacteria, and antifungal medicines offer action against fungi. Itraconazole is suitable for treating fungal infections of the skin and nails and candida infections in adults. It works by interfering in the cell membrane of the fungi and arrests their growth.

8. Is Itraconazole Better Than fluconazole?

Itraconazole and Fluconazole belong to the same class of drugs known as triazoles. Both antifungal medicines are suitable for treating fungal infections of various body parts, including lungs, throat, esophagus, and nails. Itraconazole offers better long-term protection from fungal infections.

9. Is Itraconazole Safe In Pregnancy?

Itraconazole is not safe for pregnant women because there is not enough data to support the safe use of the drug during pregnancy. It is also not safe for lactating women. Avoid pregnancy during the treatment of fungal infections with Itraconazole. Women of childbearing age should use effective contraceptive methods during the Itraconazole treatment.

10. Is Itraconazole Effective?

Itraconazole is an effective antifungal drug. It has a potent action on the cell membrane of fungi and offers predictable results in fungal infections of skin and nails. Itraconazole offers several uses and benefits because of its broad spectrum of antifungal activity against the most common fungi. Itraconazole is also effective against fungi that have resistance to Fluconazole.

 

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