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Amphotericin B Solution for injection

It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections

Generic Name: amphotericin B

Brand Names: Fungizone, Fungizone For Tissue Culture, Amphocin

What is this medicine?

AMPHOTERICIN B (am foe TER i sin) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • recent medical procedures
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to amphotericin B, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • cidofovir

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • certain antibiotics given by injection
  • corticotropin
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • flucytosine
  • medicines for fungal infections
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • muscle relaxers
  • pentamidine
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms. Your condition and lab work will be monitored while you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
  • burning, numbness, tingling
  • change in amount or color of urine
  • changes in hearing
  • changes in vision
  • chest tightness
  • fever, chills
  • irregular heart beat, blood pressure
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • seizures
  • short of breath, wheezing
  • unusual bleeding, bruising
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of eyes, skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • body aches, pain
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • flushing, redness of skin
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain where injected
  • stomach upset, pain
  • weight loss

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 10, 2009
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