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amphotericin B liposomal (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving amphotericin B liposomal (AmBisome)?

To make sure you can safely receive amphotericin B liposomal, tell your doctor if you are allergic to amphotericin B (Abelcet, AmBisome, Amphotec, or Fungizone), or if you have:

FDA pregnancy category B. Amphotericin B liposomal is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether amphotericin B liposomal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using amphotericin B liposomal.

How is amphotericin B liposomal given (AmBisome)?

Amphotericin B liposomal is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Amphotericin B liposomal must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take 1 or more hours to complete.

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

Your breathing, blood pressure, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving amphotericin B liposomal.

To be sure this medicine is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver and kidney function may also need to be tested.

This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using amphotericin B liposomal.

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