Frequently asked questions for Posaconazole
Q. What is Posaconazole and what is it used for?Posaconazole belongs to a class of medicines known as antifungal medicines. It is used to treat serious infections caused by various types of fungi such as Aspergillus and Candida, in patients who are at high risk of developing these infections. Posaconazole is majorly prescribed to severely immunocompromised patients in cases of cancer or those undergoing blood transfusion or chemotherapy.
Q. How to take Posaconazole?Posaconazole should be taken with food to get maximum benefit. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and continue taking it in the dose and duration prescribed by the doctor. Do not stop taking it without discussing it with your doctor as it may worsen your symptoms.
Q. I feel better now. Can I stop taking Posaconazole?No. You should not stop taking Posaconazole without discussing it with your doctor even if you feel better. This is because if you stop taking it suddenly, it may worsen your symptoms and your infection may come back. Your doctor will decide for how long you need to continue taking this medicine. Consult your doctor if any of the side effects bother you. If you have completed your course of treatment, your doctor may decrease your dose gradually before taking you off this medicine. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Posaconazole?If you have missed a dose of Posaconazole, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take it in the regular schedule instead of taking the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. Is Posaconazole effective?Posaconazole is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Posaconazole too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.
Q. What are the side effects of Posaconazole?Some of the common side effects of Posaconazole are cough, headache, nausea, and vomiting. However, these are usually not bothersome and usually resolve on their own. Please consult your doctor if any of thes side effects worry you or persist for a longer duration.