Eraxis

Generic Name: anidulafungin (a nid yoo luh FUN jin)
Brand Names: Eraxis

What is Eraxis?

Eraxis (anidulafungin) is an antifungal antibiotic that fights infections caused by fungus.

Eraxis treats candida (yeast) infections in the blood, or in the stomach or esophagus.

Eraxis may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

You should not use Eraxis if you are allergic to anidulafungin, caspofungin (Cancidas), micafungin (Mycamine), or similar antifungal medicines.

Before using Eraxis, tell your doctor if you have liver disease.

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There may be other drugs that can interact with Eraxis. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Eraxis will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Before using Eraxis

You should not use Eraxis if you are allergic to anidulafungin, caspofungin (Cancidas), micafungin (Mycamine), or similar antifungal medicines.

To make sure you can safely use Eraxis, tell your doctor if you have liver disease.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Eraxis will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether anidulafungin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

How is Eraxis given?

Use Eraxis exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Eraxis is injected into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.

Eraxis is a powder medicine that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine.

Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

Use Eraxis for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Eraxis will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Store the unmixed medicine in the refrigerator, do not freeze. After mixing Eraxis with a diluent, store in the refrigerator and use it within 1 hour. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Eraxis side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Eraxis: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Eraxis and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;

  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or

  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling).

Less serious Eraxis side effects may include:

  • hot flashes;

  • diarrhea or constipation;

  • nausea, vomiting; or

  • pain, swelling, or irritation where the medicine was injected.

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Eraxis?

There may be other drugs that can interact with Eraxis. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Eraxis.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Eraxis only for the indication prescribed.
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