Safety and efficacy of posaconazole in the long-term treatment of azole-refractory oropharyngeal and esophageal candidiasis in patients with HIV infection

Jose A. Vazquez, D. J. Skiest, H. Tissot-Dupont, J. L. Lennox, N. Boparai, R. Isaacs

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Purpose: To evaluate safety and efficacy of long-term posaconazole in HIV-infected patients with azole-refractory oropharyngeal candidiasis and/or esophageal candidiasis. Method: In this noncomparative, open-label study, participants received oral posaconazole 400 mg twice daily (bid) for 3 months. Enrolled patients (N = 100) included 60 from a previous 1-month acute study of posaconazole and 40 posaconazole-naïve participants. Participants with a clinical response could be followed untreated for up to 1 month afterwards. Participants who relapsed during follow-up, showed improvement at the end of 3 months of treatment (EOT), or were cured but likely to benefit from further therapy could continue on posaconazole 400 mg bid for up to 12 months. Results: In the modified intent-to-treat population, clinical response (cure or improvement) occurred in 85.6% (77/90) at EOT. The results were similar in the previously treated participants and the posaconazole-naïve participants, 88.1 % (52/59) and 80.6% (25/31), respectively. Posaconazole was well-tolerated, showing a similar safety profile during the 3-month study period and during suppressive therapy. The most frequently reported treatment-related adverse event was vomiting (4/100, 4%) during the early follow-up period (on or before day 105) and elevated hepatic enzymes (3/51, 6%) during the long-term foilow-up (after day 105). Conclusion: Oral posaconazole 400 mg bid demonstrated long-term safety, tolerability, and efficacy, offering a long-term, suppressive treatment option for HIV-infected participants with azole-refractory mucosal candidiasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-97
Number of pages12
JournalHIV Clinical Trials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Esophageal candidiasis
  • Oropharyngeal candidiasis
  • Posaconazole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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