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Brand Names: Fungizone, Fungizone For Tissue Culture

Generic Name: amphotericin B (Pronunciation: am foe TER i sin)

What is amphotericin B (Fungizone, Fungizone For Tissue Culture)?

Amphotericin B is an antibiotic that fights fungal infections in the body.

Amphotericin B is used to treat serious, life-threatening fungal infections. It is not for use in treating a minor fungal infection such as a yeast infection of the mouth, esophagus, or vagina.

Amphotericin is usually given after other antifungal antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Amphotericin B may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of amphotericin B (Fungizone, Fungizone For Tissue Culture)?

Some people receiving an amphotericin B injection have had a reaction to the infusion (either when the medicine is injected into the vein or within 1 to 3 hours afterward). Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, sweaty, feverish or cold, or if you have a slow heartbeat, chest tightness, or trouble breathing.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • dry mouth, increased thirst, nausea, vomiting;
  • extreme drowsiness, restless feeling, confusion;
  • urinating more or less than usual, or not at all;
  • muscle pain or weakness, fast or uneven heart rate, feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; or
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • pain, swelling, or other irritation where the needle is placed;
  • mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, loss of appetite;
  • weight loss;
  • muscle or joint aches;
  • headache;
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin; or
  • skin itching or mild rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about amphotericin B (Fungizone, Fungizone For Tissue Culture)?

Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to any formulation of amphotericin B (Abelcet, AmBisome, Amphotec, or Fungizone).

Before you receive amphotericin B, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease or heart disease.

Amphotericin B is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

The medicine must be given slowly through an IV infusion, and can take up to 6 hours to complete.

Amphotericin B may need to be given for up to several weeks or months, depending on the infection being treated.

Some people receiving an amphotericin B injection have had a reaction to the infusion (either when the medicine is injected into the vein or within 1 to 3 hours afterward). Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, sweaty, feverish or cold, or if have a slow heartbeat, chest tightness, or trouble breathing.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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