Drug Name: Itraconazole
Common Name: Sporanox®
Drug Type: Antifungal
Used For: Fungus or yeast infections
- Species: Dogs, Cats
- Administered: 100 mg capsules, Oral liquid
FDA Approved: No
Itraconazole is an antifungal drug effective against most fungal infections. Itraconazole was produced to improve upon Ketoconazole to reduce the number of side effects and effectiveness for certain types of infections.
How It Works
Itraconazole works by inhibiting the enzymes that make ergosterol, a key component in the fungal cell wall. This causes the fungus to be structurally inadequate so that it leaks and dies.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature and protected from heat or light.
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Itraconazole may result in these side effects:
- Swelling of the limbs
- Loss of appetite
Itraconazole may react with these drugs:
- Phenytoin sodium
- H2 Blockers
DO NOT GIVE ITRACONAZOLE TO PREGNANT PETS
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PETS WITH LIVER DISEASE