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Commonly Used Brand Name(s)Eraxis
Pharmacologic ClassificationsGlucan Synthesis Inhibitor
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Anidulafungin is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat fungal infections in the blood, abdomen or stomach, and esophagus (part of your throat where food passes from the pharynx to the stomach).
This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein and given over 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on your dose
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of anidulafungin injection in children 16 years of age and younger. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of anidulafungin injection in the elderly.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
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The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Allergies to other echinocandin antifungal drugs (e.g., caspofungin [Cancidas®], micafungin [Mycamine®])—Should not be used in patients with this condition.
- Liver problems—Use with caution. May make this condition worse.
It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving this medicine. This is to make sure the medicine has worked properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of liver problems including dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, or yellow skin or eyes.
This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth after receiving this medicine.
It is important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant.