Amphotericin B is a drug that specifically treats many potentially serious, progressive fungal infections. The drug works against fungi by stopping their growth. Amphotericin B is a drug that is designed to be used only with serious infections. Talk with your doctor about all your options before beginning the use of any amphotericin B.
Amphotericin B is typically given intravenously once a day or every other day. Your physician or compounding pharmacist will set your course and give you specific, detailed instructions, especially if you will be administering the drug yourself in a home environment.
After you begin use of amphotericin B you may experience any of the following symptoms within the first 3 hours of your first dosage: chills, fever, flushing of the body, less appetite or loss of appetite, vomiting and/or nausea, shortness of breath and more. If any of these side effects continue or you feel they are becoming more pronounced, contact your physician right away. Contact your physician immediately if you experience other side effects that you feel are or could be serious in any way.
Patients who have low amounts of potassium or magnesium in their blood, or who have kidney disease or a history of kidney disease should not take amphotericin B unless cleared for use by their physician. Patients who have systemic mastocytosis should also discuss this with their physician before beginning a course of amphotericin B.
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