Generic Name: anidulafungin (ay-NID-ue-la-FUN-jin)
Brand Name: Eraxis
Anidulafungin is used for:
Treating certain types of fungal infections.
Anidulafungin is an echinocandin antifungal. It works by killing sensitive fungi.
Do NOT use anidulafungin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in anidulafungin or to another echinocandin antifungal (eg, caspofungin)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using anidulafungin:
Some medical conditions may interact with anidulafungin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of liver problems or abnormal liver function tests
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with anidulafungin. However, no specific interactions with anidulafungin are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if anidulafungin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use anidulafungin:
Use anidulafungin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Anidulafungin is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- If you miss a dose of anidulafungin, call your doctor to find out what to do.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use anidulafungin.
Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take anidulafungin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Anidulafungin only works against fungi; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold) or bacterial infections.
- Be sure to use anidulafungin for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Lab tests may be performed while you use anidulafungin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using anidulafungin while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use anidulafungin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of anidulafungin:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; headache; nausea; trouble sleeping; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; coughing up blood; difficult or painful urination; fainting; fever, chills, cough, or persistent sore throat; flushing; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); symptoms of low magnesium levels (eg, irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes; muscle aches, cramps, pain, spasms, or weakness; seizures; sluggishness; tremor; unusual loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or weakness); symptoms of low potassium levels (eg, irregular heartbeat; muscle pain, weakness, or cramping).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of anidulafungin:
Anidulafungin is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about anidulafungin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Anidulafungin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take anidulafungin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about anidulafungin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to anidulafungin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using anidulafungin.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
More about anidulafungin
- Other brands: Eraxis