What should I know about Vfend before taking it?

If you have heart rhythm problems, an imbalance of electrolytes, liver or kidney disease or allergies to other antifungal medications, Vfend may not be right for you. Vfend may cause harm to an unborn baby, so talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while on the drug.

Vfend can lead to vision problems. If you are prescribed Vfend for more than four weeks, your doctor may require you to have your eyes checked during treatment.

Tell your doctor about all of the medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements, before starting Vfend to avoid a potentially serious interaction. If you are taking quinidine, sirolimus, carbamazepine, pimozide, phenobarbital, ritonavir, efavirenz, rifabutin, rifampin, ergot medications, terfenadine or astemizole, you should not take Vfend, as taking Vfend with any of these drugs can cause life-threatening interactions. Additional interactions may occur with phenytoin, clopidogrel, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, warfarin, stomach acid reducers, tranquilizers, sedatives, cholesterol-lowering medications, vinblastine, vincristine, vinorelbine, calcium channel blockers and oral diabetes medications.

Vfend tablets have lactose in them, so if you are galactose intolerant or have Lapp-lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption, first talk to your doctor.

Vfend can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. The risk is greatest in children. While taking the medication, you should avoid direct sun exposure, wear protective clothing and use a high-SPF sunscreen. 

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