VORICONAZOLE APOTEX 200 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): VORICONAZOLE
VORICONAZOLE 200 mg film-coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet (see section 4).
What is in this leaflet
1. What Voriconazole tablets is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Voriconazole tablets
3. How to take Voriconazole tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Voriconazole tablets
6. Content of the pack and other information
1. What Voriconazole Tablets is and what it is used for
Voriconazole tablets contains the active substance voriconazole. Voriconazole tablets is an
antifungal medicine. It works by killing or stopping the growth of the fungi that cause infections.
It is used for the treatment of patients (adults and children over the age of 2) with:
• invasive aspergillosis (a type of fungal infection due to Aspergillus sp),
• candidaemia (another type of fungal infection due to Candida sp) in non-neutropenic patients
(patients without abnormally low white blood cells count),
• serious invasive Candida sp. infections when the fungus is resistant to fluconazole (another
• serious fungal infections caused by Scedosporium sp. or Fusarium sp. (two different species of
Voriconazole tablets are intended for patients with worsening, possibly life-threatening, fungal
Prevention of fungal infections in high risk bone marrow transplant recipients
This product should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor.
2. What you need to know before you take Voriconazole Tablets
Do not take Voriconazole Tablets
If you are allergic to voriconazole or any of the other ingredients of Voriconazole tablets (listed in
It is very important that you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have taken any
other medicines, even those that are obtained without a prescription, or herbal medicines.
The medicines in the following list must not be taken during your course of Voriconazole tablets
• Terfenadine (used for allergy)
• Astemizole (used for allergy)
• Cisapride (used for stomach problems)
• Pimozide (used for treating mental illness)
• Quinidine (used for irregular heart beat)
• Rifampicin (used for treating tuberculosis)
• Efavirenz (used for treating HIV) in doses of 400 mg and above once daily
• Carbamazepine (used to treat seizures)
• Phenobarbital (used for severe insomnia and seizures)
• Ergot alkaloids (e.g. ergotamine, dihydroergotamine; used for migraine)
• Sirolimus (used in transplant patients)
• Ritonavir (used for treating HIV) in doses of 400 mg and more twice daily
• St John’s Wort (herbal supplement)
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Voriconazole tablets if:
• you have had an allergic reaction to other azoles.
• you are suffering from, or have ever suffered from liver disease. If you have liver disease, your
doctor may prescribe a lower dose of Voriconazole tablets. Your doctor should also monitor
your liver function while you are being treated with Voriconazole tablets by doing blood tests.
• you are known to have cardiomyopathy, irregular hearteat, slow heart rate or an
abnormality of electrocardiogram (ECG) called ‘long QTc syndrome’.
You should avoid any sunlight and sun exposure while being treated. It is important to cover sun
exposed areas of skin and use sunscreen with high sun protection factor (SPF), as an increased
sensitivity of skin to the sun’s UV rays can occur. These precautions are also applicable to
While being treated with Voriconazole tablets:
• tell your doctor immediately if you develop
o severe skin rash or blisters
o bone pain.
If you develop skin disorders as described above, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist,
who after consultation may decide that it is important for you to be seen on a regular basis. There
is a small chance that skin cancer could develop with long term use of Voriconazole tablets.
Your doctor should monitor the function of your liver and kidney by doing blood tests.
Children and adolescents
Voriconazole tablets should not be given to children younger than 2 years of age.
Other medicines and Voriconazole Tablets
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
other medicines, including those that are obtained without a prescription.
Some medicines, when taken at the same time as Voriconazole tablets, may affect the way
Voriconazole tablets works or Voriconazole tablets may affect the way they work.
Tell your doctor if you are taking the following medicine, as treatment with Voriconazole tablets
at the same time should be avoided if possible:
• Ritonavir (used for treating HIV) in doses of 100 mg twice daily
Tell your doctor if you are taking either of the following medicines, as treatment with
Voriconazole tablets at the same time should be avoided if possible, and a dose adjustment of
voriconazole may be required:
• Rifabutin (used for treating tuberculosis). If you are already being treated with rifabutin your
blood counts and side effects to rifabutin will need to be monitored.
• Phenytoin (used to treat epilepsy). If you are already being treated with phenytoin your blood
concentration of phenytoin will need to be monitored during your treatment with Voriconazole
tablets and your dose may be adjusted.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines, as a dose adjustment or
monitoring may be required to check that the medicines and/ or Voriconazole tablets are still
having the desired effect:
• Warfarin and other anticoagulants (e.g. phenprocoumon, acenocoumarol; used to slow down
clotting of the blood)
• Ciclosporin (used in transplant patients)
• Tacrolimus (used in transplant patients)
• Sulphonylureas (e.g. tolbutamide, glipizide, and glyburide) (used for diabetes)
• Statins (e.g. atorvastatin, simvastatin) (used for lowering cholesterol)
• Benzodiazepines (e.g midazolam, triazolam) (used for severe insomnia and stress)
• Omeprazole (used for treating ulcers)
• Oral contraceptives (if you take Voriconazole Tablet whilst using oral contraceptives, you
may get side effects such as nausea and menstrual disorders)
• Vinca alkaloids (e.g. vincristine and vinblastine) (used in treating cancer)
• Indinavir and other HIV protease inhibitors (used for treating HIV)
• Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (e.g. efavirenz, delavirdine, nevirapine) (used
for treating HIV) (some doses of efavirenz can NOT be taken at the same time as
• Methadone (used to treat heroin addiction)
• Alfentanil and fentanyl and other short acting opiates such as sufentanil (painkillers used for
• Oxycodone and other long-acting opiates such as hydrocodone (used for moderate to severe
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac) (used for treating pain and
• Fluconazole (used for fungal infections)
• Everolimus (used for treating advanced kidney cancer and in transplant patients)
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Voriconazole tablets must not be taken during pregnancy, unless indicated by your doctor.
Effective contraception must be used in women of childbearing potential. Contact your doctor
immediately if you become pregnant while taking Voriconazole tablets.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Voriconazole tablets may cause blurring of vision or uncomfortable sensitivity to light. While
affected, do not drive or operate any tools or machines. Contact your doctor if you experience this.
Voriconazole Tablets contains lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, tell your doctor
before taking Voriconazole tablets.
How to take Voriconazole Tablets
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will determine your dose depending on your weight and the type of infection you
The recommended dose for adults (including elderly patients) is as follows:
Patients 40 kg and above
Patients less than 40 kg
Dose for the first 24 hours 400 mg every 12 hours for 200 mg every 12 hours
the first 24 hours
for the first 24 hours
Dose after the first 24
200 mg twice a day
100 mg twice a day
Depending on your response to treatment, your doctor may increase the daily dose to 300 mg
twice a day. The doctor may decide to decrease the dose if you have mild to moderate cirrhosis.
Use in children and adolescents
The recommended dose for children and teenagers is as follows:
Children aged 2 to less
Teenagers aged 12 to 14
than 12 years and teenagers
years weighing 50 kg or
aged 12 to 14 years
more; and all teenagers
weighing less than
older than 14
Dose for the first 24 hours Your treatment will
started as an infusion
Dose after the first 24 9 mg/kg twice a day
(a maximum dose of
350 mg twice daily)
be 400 mg every 12 hours
for the first 24 hours
200 mg twice a day
Depending on your response to treatment, your doctor may increase or decrease the daily dose.
• Tablets must only be given if the child is able to swallow tablets.
Take your tablet at least one hour before, or one hour after a meal. Swallow the tablet whole with
If you or your child are taking Voriconazole tablets for prevention of fungal infections, your
doctor may stop giving Voriconazole tablets if you or your child develop treatment related side
If you take more Voriconazole Tablets than you should:
If you take more tablets than prescribed (or if someone else takes your tablets) you must seek
medical advice or go to the nearest hospital casualty department immediately. Take your box of
Voriconazole tablets with you. You may experience abnormal intolerance to light as a result of
taking more Voriconazole tablets than you should.
If you forget to take Voriconazole Tablets:
It is important to take your Voriconazole tablets regularly at the same time each day. If you forget
to take one dose, take your next dose when it is due. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
If you stop taking Voriconazole Tablets:
It has been shown that taking all doses at the appropriate times may greatly increase the
effectiveness of your medicine. Therefore unless your doctor instructs you to stop treatment, it is
important to keep taking Voriconazole tablets correctly, as described above.
Continue taking Voriconazole ablets until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop treatment
early because your infection may not be cured. Patients with a weakened immune system or those
with difficult infections may require long-term treatment to prevent the infection from returning.
When Voriconazole tablets treatment is stopped by your doctor you should not experience any
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If any side effects occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be
serious and need medical attention.
Serious side effects – Stop taking Voriconazole Tablets and see a doctor immediately
• Jaundice; Changes in blood tests of liver function
Other side effects
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people) are:
• Visual impairment (change in vision)
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
• Swelling of the extremities
• Stomach pains
• Breathing difficulties
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) are:
• Flu-like symptoms, irritation and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, inflammation of
the sinuses, inflammation of the gums, chills, weakness
• Low numbers of some types of red or white blood cells, low numbers of cells called platelets
that help the blood to clot
• Allergic reaction or exaggerated immune response
• Low blood sugar, low blood potassium, low sodium in the blood
• Anxiety, depression, confusion, agitation, inability to sleep, hallucinations
• Seizures, tremors or uncontrolled muscle movements, tingling or abnormal skin
• sensations, increase in muscle tone, sleepiness, dizziness
• Bleeding in the eye
• Heart rhythm problems including very fast heartbeat, very slow heartbeat, fainting
• Low blood pressure, inflammation of a vein (which may be associated with the formation of a
• Breathing difficulty, chest pain, swelling of the face, fluid accumulation in the lungs
• Constipation, indigestion, inflammation of the lips
• Jaundice, inflammation of the liver, redness of the skin
• Skin rashes which may lead to severe blistering and peeling of the skin characterized by a flat,
red area on the skin that is covered with small confluent bumps
• Hair loss
• Back pain
• Kidney failure, blood in the urine, changes in kidney function tests
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) are:
• Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract causing antibiotic associated diarrhea, inflammation
of the lymphatic vessels
• Inflammation of the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers the
• Enlarged lymph glands (sometimes painful), disorder of blood clotting system, failure of blood
marrow, other blood cell changes (increased eosinophil and low white blood cells in blood)
• Depressed function of the adrenal gland, underactive thyroid gland
• Abnormal brain function, Parkinson-like symptoms, nerve injury resulting in numbness, pain,
tingling or burning in the hands or feet
• Problem with balance or coordination
• Swelling of the brain
• Double vision, serious conditions of the eye including: pain and inflammation of the eyes and
eyelids, involuntary movement of the eye, abnormal eye movement, damage to the optic nerve
resulting in vision impairment, optic disc swelling
• Decreased sensitivity to touch
• Abnormal sense of taste
• Hearing difficulties, ringing in the ears, vertigo
• Inflammation of certain internal organs- pancreas and duodenum, swelling and inflammation
of the tongue
• Enlarged liver, liver failure, gallbladder disease, gallstones
• Joint inflammation, inflammation of the veins under the skin (which may be associated with
the formation of a blood clot)
• Inflammation of the kidney, proteins in the urine
• Very fast heart rate or skipped heartbeats
• Abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG)
• Blood cholesterol increased, blood urea increased
• Allergic skin reactions (sometimes severe), including widespread blistering rash and skin
peeling, inflammation of the skin, the rapid swelling (edema) of the dermis, subcutaneous
tissue, mucosa and submucosal tissues, itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery
scales of skin, hives, sunburn or severe skin reaction following exposure to light or sun, skin
redness and irritation, red or purple discoloration of the skin which may be caused by low
platelet count, eczema
• Injection site reaction
• Life threatening allergic reaction
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people) are:
• Overactive thyroid gland
• Deterioration of brain function that is a serious complication of liver disease
• Damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision impairment, clouding of the cornea
• Bullous photosensitivity
• A disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system
• Severe heart rhythm problems that may be life threatening
Other significant side effects whose frequency is not known, but should be reported to your
• Skin cancer
• Inflammation of the tissue surrounding the bone
• Red, scaly patches or ring-shaped skin lesions that may be a symptom of an autoimmune
disease called cutaneous lupus erythematosus
As Voriconazole tablets has been known to affect the liver and the kidney, your doctor should
monitor the function of your liver and kidney by doing blood tests. Please advise your doctor if
you have any stomach pains or if your stools have a different consistency.
There have been reports of skin cancer in patients treated with Voriconazole tablets for long
periods of time.
Sunburn or severe skin reaction following exposure to light or sun was experienced more
frequently in children. If you or your child develops skin disorders, your doctor may refer you to
a dermatologist, who after consultation may decide that it is important for you or your child to be
seen on a regular basis.
If any of these side effects persist or are troublesome, please tell your doctor.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Voriconazole Tablets
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton box. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Voriconazole Tablets contains
• The active substance is voriconazole. Each tablet contains either 200 mg voriconazole (for
Voriconazole tablets 200 mg film-coated tablets)
• The o t h e r
ingredients are lactose monohydrate, croscarmellose sodium and
magnesium stearate which make up the tablet core and polyvinyl alcohol, Macrogol 8000,
talc and titanium dioxide (E171).
What Voriconazole Tablets looks like and contents of the pack
Voriconazole tablets 200 mg film-coated tablets are white coloured, modified oval-shaped,
biconvex film-coated tablets (size: 15.50 x 7.90 mm), engraved “APO” on one side and “VOR
200” on the other side.
Voriconazole tablets 200 mg film-coated tablets are available in blister packs containing 14, 20,
28, 30, 56 and 100 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Apotex Europe B.V.
2333 CR Leiden
Apotex Research Private Limited
Plot no. 1 & 2, Bommasandra, Industrial Area, 4th Phase, Jigani Link Road, Bangalore - 560 099,
Apotex Nederland BV
Archimedesweg 2, 2333 CN Leiden, The Netherlands
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
Voriconazole DEMO 200 mg film-coated tablets
Voriconazole Apotex 200 mg film-coated tablets
Voriconazole Apotex 200 mg Filmtabletten
Voriconazole DEMO 200 mg film-coated tablets
Voriconazole Apotex 200 mg film-coated tablets
Voriconazole Apotex 200 mg filmomhulde tabletten
Voriconazole 200 mg film-coated tablets
This leaflet was last revised in 09/2015.