Generic Name: Isavuconazonium Sulfate Injection
Brand Name: Cresemba
Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018
Uses of Cresemba:
- It is used to treat fungal infections.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cresemba?
- If you have an allergy to Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection) or any part of Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have Familial Short QT syndrome.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Carbamazepine, ketoconazole, phenobarbital or another drug like it, rifampin, or St. John's wort.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cresemba?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- You may need to have an ECG checked before starting Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection) and while taking it. Talk with your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection), call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Cresemba) best taken?
Use Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Keep taking Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Chest pain.
- Feeling confused.
- Shortness of breath.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection). Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Some patients have had very bad side effects during the infusion. Tell your doctor if you have a burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal; chills; dizziness or passing out; shortness of breath; or any other bad effects during the infusion.
What are some other side effects of Cresemba?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Back pain.
- Belly pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Not able to sleep.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Not hungry.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Cresemba?
- If you need to store Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Cresemba (isavuconazonium sulfate injection), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about Cresemba (isavuconazonium)
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- Dosage Information
- Drug Images
- Drug Interactions
- Pricing & Coupons
- En Español
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