GENERIC NAME: AMPHOTERICIN - INJECTION (AM-foe-TER-i-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Fungizone
WARNING: Amphotericin should be used only to treat serious, possibly fatal fungal infections. This medication should not be used for less severe infections in limited areas of the body (e.g., fungal infection of the mouth/esophagus, vaginal yeast infections) in patients with normal white blood cell counts.
USES: See also Warning section.This medication is used to treat a variety of serious, possibly fatal fungal infections. It works by stopping the growth of fungi.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to prevent fungal infections in patients with fevers and low white blood cell (neutrophil) counts or patients with weakened immune systems (e.g., due to HIV, organ transplant, or cancer).
HOW TO USE: This medication is usually given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually given once a day or every other day. It should be injected slowly over 2 to 6 hours. Your doctor may give you a smaller dose first to test your response to the medication. Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, response to the test dose, and response to therapy. If this medication is stopped for 7 days or longer, then it should be restarted at the lowest dose and slowly increased.If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.It may be necessary to continue this medication for several weeks to several months in order to treat certain infections. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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