Background: Voriconazole is an antifungal agent with in vitro activity and clinical efficacy against yeasts, molds, and dimorphic fungi (eg, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis). The safety profile of voriconazole includes transient visual adverse events (VAEs) that resolve while undergoing treatment or after its discontinuation.Objective: The goal of this study was to assess the long-term (ie, 6-12 months) visual safety of voriconazole in adult patients with paracoccidioidomycosis.Methods: Ophthalmic data were prospectively collected as part of a multicenter, open-label, comparative study. Patients aged ≥18 years with paracoccidioidomycosis were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive either voriconazole (200 mg BID orally, after the loading dose of 400 mg BID on day 1) or itraconazole (100 mg BID orally, with no loading dose). Patients were expected to receive treatment for a minimum of 6 months, or longer if needed as determined by the investigator (maximum duration, 1 year). Visual function tests and safety assessments were performed at baseline, week 12, week 24, end of treatment (EOT), and 8 weeks post-EOT. Ophthalmic examinations included visual acuity, color vision, contrast sensitivity, visual field, funduscopy, and slit lamp biomicroscopy. Treatment compliance was monitored via pill counts at each study visit.Results: Thirty-five patients (mean age, 48 years; 96.2% male; 83.0% white) were randomized to receive voriconazole and 18 to receive itraconazole. Fourteen voriconazole-treated patients received >6 months of treatment (median, 169 days). Efficacy and overall safety results have been published previously. Sixteen voriconazole-treated patients and 2 itraconazole-treated patients experienced drug-related VAEs; none was considered serious or severe or led to dose reductions or resulted in discontinuation. Overall, visual examination results were not clinically significantly different between patients treated with voriconazole or itraconazole. There was no apparent relationship between changes in visual function test results and the occurrence of VAEs in either treatment group.Conclusion: Clinical assessment in this study found no evidence of an effect of voriconazole on long-term visual function in these adult patients with paracoc-cidioidomycosis.
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- Pharmacology (medical)