Voriconazole

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Voriconazole is a drug that helps the body fight off a fungal infection. Cystic Fibrosis patients (CF) are given voriconazole to fight off the Allergic Broncho-Pulmonary Aspergillosis fungus.

The medication comes in a syrup form, prepared by a pharmacist, or in a powder form. You can ask your pharmacist to prepare the syrup.

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication at room temperature, closed and out of reach of children. Keep the syrup in a cool, dark place. Do not refrigerate.

Do not use past the expiration date.

Once the syrup is opened – it is good for 14 days.

Administering the Medication
It is important to follow the times as instructed by your physician. Shake the syrup bottle well prior to each use. If your child has difficulty swallowing the medication, it can be added to his food or drink.

We recommend taking the medication on an empty stomach – one hour prior to a meal or two hours after a meal.

What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
If you forget to give your child his medication on time, administer the medication immediately after you remember. If there are less than 3 hours prior to the next dose, skip the next dose. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop giving the medication to my child?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Throw out the leftover medication.

Side Effects
Side Effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, dryness in the mouth, sensitivity to sunlight, vision problems, blurriness, rashes and swelling in the lower extremities. These side effects should pass 1 – 2 weeks from the beginning of the treatment round.

If your child vomited less than 20 minutes after taking a dose, re-administer the medication. If your child vomited after 20 minutes of taking the medication, there is no need to repeat the dose. In cases of continuous vomiting, please consult your doctor.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition worsens
  • Your child has hallucination, swelling, itchiness or rashes – stop treatment
  • Your child experiences severe side effects

Limit your child’s sun exposure.

Your child will need to undergo several blood tests in order to monitor his condition.