What is Voriconazole Vorixia 200 mg Tablet?
Voriconazole Vorixia 200 mg is sold under the brand name Vfend. It is used in adults and children 2 years of age and older to treat serious fungal infections such as invasive aspergillosis ( a fungal infection that begins in the lungs and spreads through the bloodstream to other organs), esophageal candidiasis ( a type of fungus) infection that may cause white patching in the mouth and throat) and candidemia ( a fungal infection in the blood). It is also used to treat certain other fungal infections when other medications will not work for certain patients. Voriconazole is in a class of antifungal medications called triazoles. It works to slow the growth of the fungi that cause infection.
What is Invasive aspergillosis?
Aspergillosis is an infection caused by Aspergillus, a common mold ( a type of fungus) that lives indoors and outdoors. Most people breathe in Aspergillus spores every day without getting sick. People with a weakened immune system or lung diseases are at a higher risk of developing health problems due to Aspergillus. The types of health problems caused by Aspergillus include allergic reactions, lung infections, and infections in other organs.
- What are the signs and symptoms of Invasive aspergillosis?
Invasive aspergillosis usually occurs in people who are already sick from other medical conditions, so it can be difficult to know which symptoms are related to an Aspergillus infection. The symptoms of invasive aspergillosis in the lungs include:
Coughing up blood
Shortness of breath
Other symptoms can develop if the infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body.
What is Esophageal candidiasis?
Esophageal candidiasis is caused by yeast ( a yeast of fungus) called Candida. Candida normally lives on the skin and inside the body, in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing any problems. Sometimes Candida can multiply and cause an infection if the environment inside the mouth, throat, or esophagus changes in a way that encourages fungal growth.
Candidiasis in the esophagus ( the tube that connects the throat to the stomach) is called esophagus candidiasis or Candida esophagitis. Esophageal candidiasis is one of the most common infections in people living with HIV/AIDS.
- What are the signs and symptoms of Esophageal Candidiasis?
Candidiasis in the mouth and throat can have many different symptoms including:
White patches on the inner cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth, and throat
Redness or soreness
Cotton-like feeling in the mouth
Loss of taste
Pain while eating or swallowing
Cracking and redness at the corners of the mouth
Symptoms of candidiasis in the esophagus are usually pain when swallowing and difficulty swallowing.
What is Candidemia?
Candidemia is the most common cause of bloodstream infection that can happen in almost any part of your body. Usually, it occurs on mucous membranes ( in the mouth, and genitals ) but infection can be in your bloodstream. When candida is in your bloodstream, the condition is called Candidemia. Candida infection can spread from your bloodstream to other parts of your body ( such as your eyes, kidney, liver, and brain). If this happens, it is called Invasive Candidemia.
- What are the signs and symptoms of Candidemia infection?
Signs and symptoms of Candida infection depend upon the site of infection. If you have Candidemia, you may have one or more of the following:
Generalized weakness or fatigue
Low blood pressure
Vision changes or signs of an eye infection
Voriconazole comes as a tablet and a liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 1 hour after a meal. Take it around the same time every day. Do not take more or less of it. Before taking medicine consult your doctor. Dose and duration will be decided by the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking the medicine before your doctor’s advice.
The most common side effects of this medicine include rash, vomiting, nausea, and headache. If these side effects become serious, you should consult with your doctor. Your doctor can prevent and give relief from the side effects. It makes you feel better during the treatment. If you have any allergic reactions such as rash, swelling of the lips, throat, or face, swallowing, or breathing problems. Get emergency help if this happens.
Benefits of Voriconazole vorixia 200 mg tablet
- In the treatment of severe fungal infections
Voriconazole 200 mg tablet works to kill the fungi which can cause serious infections. It usually makes you feel better very quickly but you should continue taking it as prescribed even when you feel better to make sure that all the fungi and yeast causing the infection are killed and do not become resistant.
Side effect of Voriconazole Vorixia 200 mg Tablet
Here are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need a doctor’s attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include:
Abnormal liver function
Slow heart rate
How is Voriconazole Vorixia 200 mg tablet taken?
Voriconazole comes as a tablet and a liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 1 hour after a meal. Take it around the same time every day. Do not take more or less of it. Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. Dose and duration will decide your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew and break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Much other medicine can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medication you are using during the treatment.
How does the Voriconazole Vorixia 200 mg tablet work?
This tablet is an antifungal medication. It kills and stops the growth of the fungi by destroying its cell membrane, thereby treating your skin infection.