Compare Itraconazole vs. Diflucan

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Sporanox (itraconazole)

Prescription only

Diflucan (fluconazole)

Prescription only
Treats fungal infections.

Sporanox (itraconazole) is effective oral medication that treats many different kinds of fungal infections. However, it has the potential to interact with a lot of other medications and has a few serious but rare side effects.

Treats yeast and other fungal infections.

Diflucan (fluconazole) is a cheap and effective treatment for fungal infections.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 30 reviewsforDiflucan
Upsides
  • Sporanox (itraconazole) is effective in treating infections caused by many different types of fungi.
  • Available as a generic in the capsule form.
  • Sporanox (itraconazole) can be used by people who have kidney problems.
  • Available in a cheap generic version.
  • Single dose treatment for vaginal infections.
  • Available as a pill, liquid, or injection.
Downsides
  • The liquid solution is especially likely to cause stomach upset like nausea and diarrhea.
  • Sporanox (itraconazole) is not a good choice for simple fungal infections (like nail infections) in people who have congestive heart failure because it can cause high blood pressure and swelling of the limbs.
  • Sporanox (itraconazole) isn't absorbed in the same way by everyone. You'll likely need to get lab tests done to check on its levels in the blood.
  • Sporanox (itraconazole) can cause serious side effects like allergic reactions, liver toxicity, nerve pain, or hearing loss.
  • Sporanox (itraconazole) has a lot of drug interactions. Let your doctor or pharmacist know about all of the medications you're taking.
  • Excessive use of alcohol while on this medicine can harm your liver.
  • Can interfere with how other medicines work, especially birth control pills.
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Used for
  • Salvage therapy for invasive aspergillosis
  • Blastomycosis
  • Oropharyngeal and esophageal candidiasis
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Onychomycosis
  • Vulvovaginal candidiasis in HIV-infected patients
  • Coccidioidal meningitis in HIV-infected patients
  • Coccidioidal pneumonia in HIV-infected patients
  • Cryptococcosis in HIV-infected patients
  • Disseminated microsporidiosis in HIV-infected patients
  • Penicilliosis in HIV-infected patients
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
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30 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
60%
saiditworked well
20%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
14possible side effects
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Rash
    9%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Swelling due to fluid retention
    4%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Tiredness
    3%
  • Fever
    3%
  • Itching
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Lowered liver function
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Low potassium
    2%
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4possible side effects
  • Headache
    13%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Congestive Heart Failure
    • History of congestive heart failure
  • Drug interactions
  • Liver toxicity
  • Irregular heartbeat
    • Taking other medications that can produce an irregular heartbeat
  • Do not switch between the capsules or liquid forms
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  • Liver disease
  • Serious immediate allergic reaction
  • Skin rash
  • Use in pregnancy
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