Amphotericin B lipid complex injection is used to treat serious, possibly life-threatening fungal infections in people who did not respond or are unable to tolerate conventional amphotericin B therapy. Amphotericin B lipid complex injection is in a class of medications called antifungals. It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection.
Amphotericin B lipid complex injection comes as a suspension (liquid) to be injected intravenously (into a vein). It is usually infused (injected slowly) intravenously once daily. The length of your treatment depends on your general health, how you tolerate the medication, and the type of infection you have.
You may experience a reaction while you receive a dose of amphotericin B lipid complex injection, usually happen 1 to 2 hours after starting your infusion. These reactions are usually more common and more severe with the first few doses of amphotericin B lipid complex. Your health care provider may prescribe other medications to decrease these side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms while you receive amphotericin B lipid complex injection: fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, breathing problems, chest pain, dizziness, loss of consciousness, or fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat.
You may receive amphotericin B injection in a hospital or you may use the medication at home. If you will be using amphotericin B lipid complex injection at home, your healthcare provider will show you how to infuse the medication. Be sure that you understand these directions, and ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions. Ask your healthcare provider what to do if you have any problems infusing amphotericin B lipid complex injection.
If your symptoms do not improve or get worse while receiving amphotericin B lipid complex, tell your doctor. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish amphotericin B lipid complex injection, tell your doctor.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before receiving amphotericin B lipid complex injection,
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
Amphotericin B lipid complex injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
Amphotericin B lipid complex injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( Web Site ) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests during your treatment to check your body's response to amphotericin B lipid complex injection.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
¶ This branded product is no longer on the market. Generic alternatives may be available.
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Selected Revisions: May 15, 2016.