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Abelcet Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Abelcet (amphotericin B lipid complex) Injection is an antifungal antibiotic used to treat a variety of serious fungal infections. It is available in generic form. Side effects include chills or fever during infusion of Abelcet.

The recommended dosage of Abelcet is 5 mg/kg. Anti-cancer drugs, azole antifungals, cidofovir, digoxin, flucytosine, medications that affect the kidneys, medications that lower potassium levels, muscle relaxants, and zidovudine may interact with Abelcet. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Before taking Abelcet tell your doctor if you have had white blood cell transfusions or have heart, liver, or kidney disease. If you are pregnant only take Abelcet if clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about taking Abelcet if you are breastfeeding.

Our Abelcet (amphotericin B lipid complex) Injection Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Abelcet Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Fever, shaking, chills, flushing, loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, shortness of breath, or fast breathing may occur 1 to 2 hours after the infusion is started. In some cases, other medications (e.g., acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone) may be necessary to prevent or relieve these side effects. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: swelling/pain at injection site, muscle/joint pain, unusual tiredness, weakness, muscle cramping, change in the amount of urine, painful urination, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, vision changes, hearing changes (e.g., ringing in the ears), dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, swelling ankles/feet, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, cold sweats, blue lips, easy bruising/bleeding, other signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), mental/mood changes, seizures, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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What is Prescribing information?

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Abelcet FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The total safety data base is composed of 921 patients treated with ABELCET® (amphotericin b) (5 patients were enrolled twice and counted as separate patients), of whom 775 were treated with 5 mg/kg/day. Of these 775 patients, 194 patients were treated in four comparative studies; 25 were treated in open-label, non-comparative studies; and 556 patients were treated in an open-label, emergency-use program. Most had underlying hematologic neoplasms, and many were receiving multiple concomitant medications. Of the 556 patients treated with ABELCET® (amphotericin b) , 9% discontinued treatment due to adverse events regardless of presumed relationship to study drug.

In general, the adverse events most commonly reported with ABELCET® (amphotericin b) were transient chills and/or fever during infusion of the drug.

Adverse Eventsa with an Incidence of ≥ 3% (N=556)

Adverse Event Percentage (%) of Patients
Chills 18
Fever 14
Increased Serum Creatinine 11
Multiple Organ Failure 11
Nausea 9
Hypotension 8
Respiratory Failure 8
Vomiting 8
Dyspnea 7
Sepsis 7
Diarrhea 6
Headache 6
Heart Arrest 6
Hypertension 5
Hypokalemia 5
Infection 5
Kidney Failure 5
Pain 5
Thrombocytopenia 5
Abdominal Pain 4
Anemia 4
Bilirubinemia 4
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage 4
Leukopenia 4
Rash 4
Respiratory Disorder 4
Chest Pain 3
Nausea and Vomiting 3
a The causal association between these adverse events and ABELCET® is uncertain.

 

The following adverse events have also been reported in patients using ABELCET® (amphotericin b) in open-label, uncontrolled clinical studies. The causal association between these adverse events and ABELCET® (amphotericin b) is uncertain.

Body as a whole: malaise, weight loss, deafness, injection site reaction including inflammation

Allergic: bronchospasm, wheezing, asthma, anaphylactoid and other allergic reactions

Cardiopulmonary:cardiac failure, pulmonary edema, shock, myocardial infarction, hemoptysis, tachypnea, thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolus, cardiomyopathy, pleural effusion, arrhythmias including ventricular fibrillation.

Dermatological: maculopapular rash, pruritus, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme

Gastrointestinal:acute liver failure, hepatitis, jaundice, melena, anorexia, dyspepsia, cramping, epigastric pain, veno-occlusive liver disease, diarrhea, hepatomegaly, cholangitis, cholecystitis

Hematologic:coagulation defects, leukocytosis, blood dyscrasias including eosinophilia

Musculoskeletal: myasthenia, including bone, muscle, and joint pains

Neurologic: convulsions, tinnitus, visual impairment, hearing loss, peripheral neuropathy, transient vertigo, diplopia, encephalopathy, cerebral vascular accident, extrapyramidal syndrome and other neurologic symptoms

Urogenital: oliguria, decreased renal function, anuria, renal tubular acidosis, impotence, dysuria

Serum electrolyte abnormalities: hypomagnesemia, hyperkalemia, hypocalcemia, hypercalcemia

Liver function test abnormalities: increased AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase, LDH

Renal function test abnormalities: increased BUN

Other test abnormalities: acidosis, hyperamylasemia, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, hyperuricemia, hypophosphatemia

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