Parenteral Manual

Posaconazole (NON-FORMULARY)

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Alternate Name(s): 
Original Date: 
Frebruary 2017
  • Prevention of candida or aspergillosis in high-risk patients (e.g. prolonged neutropenia, post-stem-cell transplant patients)
  • Treatment of invasive aspergillosis refractory to amphotericin B.
  • Suspected or confirmed mucormycosis
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Supplied as 18 mg/mL clear, colourless-to-yellow injectable solution
  • 300 mg/vial preservative free - discard unused solution
  • Store vial in refrigerator; do not freeze
  • Bring to room temperature prior to dilution
  • Diluted solution stable 24 hours refrigerated

- Solutions Compatible:  D5W, 0.45% NaCl, 0.9% NaCl

- Y-site Compatible:  amikacin, caspofungin, ciprofloxacin, hydromorphone, levofloxacin, lorazepam, morphine, potassium chloride 20 mmol/L, vancomycin


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)

IV Direct NO
IV Intermittent Infusion

Usual dilution:  1 - 2 mg/mL
Infusion time : Central line (preferred):  over 90 minutes

Peripheral line: over 30 minutes, one time, until CVL obtained

Infuse through 5 micron or smaller in-line filter

IV Continuous Infusion NO



(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)

Adolescents / Adults: 300 mg IV q12h x 1 day, then 300 mg IV daily

Pediatrics (off-label dosing): 10 mg/kg/dose (max 400 mg) IV q12h x 1 day, then 10 mg/kg/dose (max 400 mg) IV once daily

Modification for kidney or liver dysfunction: avoid in patients with a GFR of less than 50
mL/min due to accumulation of the IV vehicle, SBECD ( Betadex Sulfobutyl Ether Sodium)

Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • Peripheral administration: multiple peripheral infusions given through the same vein may result in infusion-site reactions.
  • Arrhythmia, especially in patients with prolonged QT syndrome or on other agents that prolong the QT interval
  • Hepatic dysfunction (increased AST, ALT, bilirubin, alk phos, clinical hepatitis)
  • Electrolyte abnormalities: hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia
  • Anemia, thrombocytopenia
  • Chills, fatigue, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting
  • Metabolized through CYP3A4; CYP3A4 inhibitor; avoid with CYP3A4 substrates that prolong the QT interval; check for drug interactions with any new medications
  • Monitor serum drug concentrations prior to 7th dose (steady state). There is some evidence that serum trough concentration at 3 days is predictive of the steady state levels.
  • Target trough concentration for treatment dosing: > 1 mcg/mL (at steady state) Contact pharmacy for details.
  • Posanol Product Monograph, Accessed 27Feb2017
  • Lexicomp online; accessed 27Feb2017
  • A. Teusink-Cross, IV Posaconazole in Pediatric patients. Powerpoint presentation at BMT Tandem Meeting February 2017.

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