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Amphotericin B-Injection



Amphotericin B is used to treat a fungal infection.

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Fungizone Iv, Amphocin
 
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Amphotericin B-Injection
Fungizone Iv, Amphocin

Uses
Amphotericin B is used to treat a fungal infection.


Storage
  • Unopened vials should be refrigerated.
  • Once prepared, the reconstituted vial (of concentrated solution 5mg/ml) may be refrigerated for up to 7 days.
  • At room temperature it is stable for only 24 hours and must be protected from light.
  • Solutions diluted for infusion (0.1mg/ml or less) should be used promptly after mixing and should be protected from light during administration.
  • Check the expiration date on the label and properly discard of any unused medication after that time.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include dizziness, unusually slow heartbeat, or seizures.

How To Use
  • Amphotericin B is administered by infusion into a vein by a health care professional.
  • It is usually given once a day or every other day.
  • It may be necessary to continue therapy with Amphotericin B for several weeks to months in certain cases.
  • Stopping therapy too soon may result in ineffective treatment.

Side Effects
  • Fever and chills may occur 1 to 2 hours after the infusion is started.
  • This is more common with the first few doses and should subside as therapy continues.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, muscle aches, headache and irritation at the injection site may also occur.
  • To help minimize these effects, you may be given a pain reliever or other medication before each dose.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
  • Notify your doctor promptly if you experience: irregular or rapid heartbeat, severe weakness, vision changes, tingling of the hands or feet, ringing in the ears, trouble urinating.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Amphotericin B, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, any allergies.
  • Amphotericin B should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Use of Amphotericin B is not recommended while breast-feeding.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Missed Dose
  • It is important to use each dose as scheduled.
  • If you miss a dose, contact your health care provider who will help establish a new dose schedule.
  • Do not double-up the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any nonprescription or prescription medication you may take particularly: steroids (e.g., prednisone), digoxin, cyclosporine, anti-cancer medications, other anti-fungal drugs, tacrolimus.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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