How to use voriconazole:
Use voriconazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions
- An extra patient leaflet is available with voriconazole. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Voriconazole is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- If you miss a dose of voriconazole, call your doctor to find out what to do.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use voriconazole.Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take voriconazole before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. Voriconazole may cause blurred vision or sensitivity to light. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use voriconazole with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Avoid driving at night while you are using voriconazole.
- Voriconazole may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to voriconazole. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Uncommonly, some patients have experienced a reaction while receiving voriconazole. Tell your doctor right away if you develop flushing, fever, sweating, fast heartbeat, chest tightness, shortness of breath, faintness, nausea, itching, or rash while you are receiving voriconazole.
- Certain types of skin cancers (eg, melanoma, squamous cell) have been reported in patients who became sensitive to sunlight while taking voriconazole for a long period of time. Contact your doctor if you notice a change in the appearance of a mole or other unusual skin change or growth. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Voriconazole may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses. Avoid strong, direct sunlight.
- Serious and sometimes fatal liver problems have happened with voriconazole. Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; itching; pale stools; persistent loss of appetite; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; yellowing of the skin or eyes).
- A severe skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause serious health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- If your symptoms do not get better within a few days or if they get worse, check with your doctor. Women who may become pregnant should use effective birth control (eg, birth control pills) while using voriconazole. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about effective birth control.
- Lab tests, including eye exams, liver and kidney function, and pancreas function, may be performed while you use voriconazole. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Caution is advised when using voriconazole in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially sunburn or skin reactions to light.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Voriconazole may cause harm to the fetus. Do not become pregnant while you are using it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using voriconazole while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking voriconazole.
Possible side effects of voriconazole:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: Blurred vision; headache; nausea; vomiting. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); abnormal thoughts; black, tarry stools; bone pain; calf or leg pain, redness, swelling, or tenderness; change in the appearance of a mole; chest, jaw, or arm pain; confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; flushing; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); mouth sores; one-sided weakness; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; speech changes; sudden, severe nausea or vomiting; suicidal thoughts or actions; sunburn or skin reaction to light; swelling of the arms or legs; symptoms of kidney problems (eg, unable to pass urine, change in the amount of urine passed, blood in the urine, big weight gain); symptoms of pancreatitis (eg, severe stomach or back pain, with or without nausea or vomiting); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual skin change or skin growth; unusual sweating or weakness; unusual tiredness; unusual vaginal bleeding; vision changes (eg, color vision change, persistent or severe blurred vision or sensitivity to light).