Sporanox Side Effects Lawsuits
Sporanox (itraconazole), is an oral drug used to treat four types of serious fungal infection, each affecting different regions of the body: Blastomycosis (lungs, bones, and skin), Histoplasmosis (lungs, heart, and blood), Aspergillosis (lungs, ear canal, and other organs), Onychomycosis (the nails). Sporanox oral solution is used to treat fungal infection of the mouth (candidiasis), throat, and esophagus, and for other fungal infections in people with weakened immunity.
Along with the anti-fungal agent Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride), Sporanox has been linked with liver injury and congestive heart failure in recent clinical studies. In response to these findings, the Food and Drug Administration has required that labels for both prescription drugs carry stronger warnings about their potential health risk. The warnings do not apply to the cream or solution versions of Lamisil.
FDA studies of Sporanox found that the drug appears in some instances to weaken the force of the heart's contractions. This effect was seen in tests involving healthy human volunteers, abating once treatment was discontinued. After learning of this effect, the FDA reviewed reports of complications in patients who used Sporanox.
Its findings concluded that Sporanox caused or contributed to 58 of 94 cases of congestive heart failure since September 1992. Of the 58, Sporanox was being used to treat onychomycosis in over two dozen. Of the 58, 28 patients were hospitalized and 13 died. However, the causal relationship between the 13 deaths and Sporanox is still unclear because ten of those who died had other serious health issues.
The FDA also said it found cases of liver failure possibly associated with both Sporanox and Lamisil. 16 possible Lamisil-associated cases including 11 deaths and 24 cases of liver failure possibly associated with Sporanox, also including 11 deaths.
The FDA has advised doctors, that because of the possibility of serious liver problems, they should use laboratory analysis to confirm the diagnosis of a fungal infection before prescribing either Sporanox or Lamisil tablets. Physicians are also being sent letters advising them of the new warnings by the manufacturers of the drugs.
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