Sporanox is an antifungal drug prescribed to treat fungal infections in your mouth, throat, lungs, and finger or toenails. Candida Albicans is a type of fungus that is always present on our skin and in mucous membranes, existing harmlessly for the most part. However, an overgrowth of these organisms can cause an infection.
Toenail and finger nail fungal infections can take the longest to treat because of their slow growth. You must take Sporanox or Itraconazole generic for the prescribed time recommended by your doctor or the fungal infection can return.
Sporanox and generic Itraconazole works by penetrating the fungal cells in your body in order to interfere with the protein that the fungi need to build protective cell membranes. Without this protein, fungi cannot multiply and they are left at the mercy of attacks from your immune system. Sporanox capsules should be taken whole after a meal. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The three main groups of fungi that Sporanox treats are histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, and blastomycosis. Histoplasmosis can be contracted by breathing in the spores of a fungus found in bird droppings and bat guano. Those with compromised immune systems are more at risk for this infection. Individuals with asthma or other underlying lung diseases are more susceptible to being infected by the common mold found in our houses and outdoors in numerous areas. In some cases, aspergillosis infection can spread to other areas in your body, including your blood vessels. Blastomycosis is a more rare form of fungal infection found in wood and damp soil that can be breathed into your lungs or enter through broken skin from a cut.
Ask your doctor if Sporanox is safe to take if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding. Combining Sporanox with OTC or Rx drugs can pose possible unintended side effects so report all medications to your doctor, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements. Discuss other health conditions you have with your primary caregiver, such as liver or kidney disease, heart disease, or COPD, so it can be determined if taking Sporanox is the best medicine for your infection.
Keep Sporanox and other medications out of children’s reach and never share your meds with others. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medications without consulting with your doctor as you may be at risk for adverse side effects. Depending on where the fungal infections is, treatment can take from 6 weeks to 6 months, or longer, so be patient and keep in touch with your doctor as the dose may need to be adjusted during the treatment period.