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Itraconazole is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as triazoles. Triazoles are antifungals that retard the growth of fungi within the body that may cause infections of the lung, toenails, mouth, throat, and esophagus. Itraconazole is one of several triazoles that are often prescribed for combating fungal growth.


Itraconazole is most often administered via capsules, solutions, and tablets, each with its own dosage and usage instructions. Follow your physician's directions for dosage and usage and never take more than you are prescribed.


All drugs carry the potential to initiate unwanted side effects in certain patients. Sometimes side effects present at the beginning of a course with a new drug and then diminish as your body adjusts to the drug; however, some side effects may continue. Watch for side effects and contact your doctor right away if you experience any side effects that are worsening or persisting. A list of some of the more common side effects experienced with the use of itraconazole is below.

  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Gas and/or Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Increase in Blood Triglycerides
  • Rash
  • Hair Loss
  • Edema
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle Pain
  • Decrease in Sexual Desire
  • Decrease in Sexual Ability
  • Cold Symptoms (such as runny nose)
  • Sore Gums
  • Bleeding Gums

Some Severe Side Effects:

Certain patients may experience severe side effects. If you experience any of the following contact your physician immediately or get emergency medical treatment:

  • Double Vision
  • Blurry Vision
  • Unable to Control Urination
  • Ear Ringing
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Rash or Hives
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Hearing Loss
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Stomach Pain or Discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Pale Stool
  • Dark Urine

Seek Emergency Treatment Immediately:

If you think you are experiencing signs or symptoms of either of the following, seek emergency medical treatment immediately:

  • Hepatitis
  • Congestive Heart Failure

See Your Doctor Right Away:

If you experience any of the following potential signs of liver problems see your doctor right away:

  • Low Appetite
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Darker Urine
  • Pale Stool
  • Jaundice
  • Fatigue

NOTE: Always seek medical attention immediately if any side effect is troubling or concerning to you.


Itraconazole is a strong antifungal and should not be taken by anyone until approved for use by his or her primary care physician.

There are many diseases, conditions, situations, drug interactions, etc. that may make the use of itraconazole inadvisable. Check with your doctor for possible contraindications.

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