Abelcet Side Effects

Generic Name: amphotericin b lipid complex

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of amphotericin b lipid complex. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Abelcet.

Not all side effects for Abelcet may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to amphotericin b lipid complex: powder for solution, suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by amphotericin b lipid complex (the active ingredient contained in Abelcet). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking amphotericin b lipid complex, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

More common
  • Chills and fever
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
Less common
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • sore throat and fever
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness and weakness
Rare
  • Increased or decreased urination

Some of the side effects that can occur with amphotericin b lipid complex may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach pain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to amphotericin b lipid complex: intravenous suspension

General

General side effects during infusions have included fever (15%), chills (15%), and shivering. These symptoms usually begin 1 to 2 hours after the beginning of an amphotericin B lipid complex infusion, and are more common with the first few doses administered.

Severe infusion-related side effects have been associated with conventional amphotericin B administration, and may be lessened by treatment with corticosteroids, acetaminophen, antihistamines, and meperidine.

Renal

Renal side effects have been reported less frequently with amphotericin B lipid complex than with conventional amphotericin B, and often included increased serum creatinine and BUN. Renal failure occurred in about 5% of treated patients. Decreased renal function, including oliguria, anuria, and renal tubular acidosis have also been reported.

Metabolic

Metabolic side effects have occurred less frequently with amphotericin B lipid complex than with conventional amphotericin B. Hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia often accompany amphotericin-induced nephrotoxicity. Hypocalcemia has also been reported in treated patients.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects, including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in 5% to 8% of patients, have been associated with amphotericin B lipid complex infusions. GI hemorrhage, abdominal pain, anorexia, dyspepsia, epigastric pain, cramping, malaise, and weight loss have occurred less frequently.

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects have included thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, anemia, and less frequently, coagulation defects, blood dyscrasias, and leukocytosis.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have been reported rarely, except for headache, which occurred in about 4% of treated patients. Less frequently, convulsions, peripheral neuropathy visual impairment, including diplopia, hearing loss, tinnitus, and transient vertigo have been reported.

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have been reported. These may present as bronchospasm, wheezing, or anaphylactoid reactions. Erythema multiforme has also been reported.

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects including cardiac arrest and hypotension have been reported in 6% to 8% of treated patients. Hypertension, cardiac failure, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, and ventricular fibrillation have been uncommonly reported.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects including respiratory failure, dyspnea, pneumonia, or other respiratory disorders have been reported in treated patients.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included maculopapular rash, pruritus, and exfoliative dermatitis. Exanthema has been reported in a patient who was treated concomitantly with amphotericin B lipid complex and imipenem-cilastatin. The exact cause is unknown.

Local

Local side effects including thrombophlebitis and inflammation at the injection site have been reported.

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects including generalized bone, joint, or muscle pain have been reported.

Hepatic

Hepatic side effects have been uncommonly reported. These have included liver failure, jaundice, hepatitis, and increased AST, ALT, and alkaline phosphatase levels.

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects have rarely included impotence.

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