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Cresemba

Generic Name: isavuconazonium (EYE sa vue KOE na ZOE nee um)
Brand Names: Cresemba

Medically reviewed by Philip Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Mar 4, 2020.

What is Cresemba?

Cresemba (isavuconazonium) is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.

Cresemba is a prescription medicine used to treat infections caused by certain types of fungus (aspergillosis or mucormycosis) in patients 18 years of age and older.

It is not known if Cresemba is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Cresemba is a available as an oral capsule and as an injection.

Important Information

You should not use Cresemba if you have a genetic heart rhythm disorder called short QT syndrome.

Many drugs can interact with isavuconazonium, and some drugs should not be used together. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Cresemba.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Cresemba if you are allergic to isavuconazonium, or if you have:

  • a genetic heart rhythm disorder called short QT syndrome.

Many drugs can interact and cause dangerous effects. Some drugs should not be used together with Cresemba. Your doctor may change your treatment plan if you also use:

To make sure Cresemba is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Isavuconazonium may harm an unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for at least 28 days after your last dose. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant.

You should not breastfeed while using isavuconazonium.

Cresemba is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take Cresemba?

Take Cresemba exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.

Isavuconazonium oral is taken by mouth. Isavuconazonium injection is given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give your first dose and may teach you how to properly use the medication by yourself.

You may take the Cresemba capsule with or without food. Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.

Cresemba injection must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) and then further diluted in an IV bag before using it. Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

Prepare an injection only when you are ready to give it. Do not use if the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.

You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function.

Do not stop using Cresemba unless your doctor tells you to.

Store the capsules in their original blister pack at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not put the capsules into a daily pill box or pill organizer.

Store unused vials in a refrigerator. After mixing the diluent into a vial, keep the vial at room temperature and further dilute the mixture in an IV bag within 1 hour. After mixing the final solution, keep the IV bag at room temperature and use it within 6 hours or store the bag in a refrigerator and use it within 24 hours. Do not freeze.

Use a needle and syringe only once and then place them in a puncture-proof "sharps" container. Follow state or local laws about how to dispose of this container. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Cresemba dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Aspergillosis -- Invasive:

Loading Dose: 372 mg IV or orally every 8 hours for 6 doses (48 hours)
Maintenance Dose: 372 mg IV or orally once a day

Comments:
-Isavuconazonium sulfate is the prodrug of isavuconazole; 372 mg of isavuconazonium sulfate is equivalent to 200 mg of isavuconazole.
-Maintenance doses should be started 12 to 24 hours after the last loading dose.

Uses: For the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis

Usual Adult Dose for Mucormycosis -- Invasive:

Loading Dose: 372 mg IV or orally every 8 hours for 6 doses (48 hours)
Maintenance Dose: 372 mg IV or orally once a day

Comments:
-Isavuconazonium sulfate is the prodrug of isavuconazole; 372 mg of isavuconazonium sulfate is equivalent to 200 mg of isavuconazole.
-Maintenance doses should be started 12 to 24 hours after the last loading dose.

Uses: For the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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

Overdose symptoms may include dizziness, drowsiness, hot flashes, headache, joint pain, anxiety, feeling restless, numbness or tingling, trouble concentrating, dry mouth, altered sense of taste, numbness in or around your mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and fast or pounding heartbeats.

What should I avoid while using Cresemba?

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

Cresemba side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Cresemba (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling).

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, light-headed, difficult breathing, chilled, or have any numbness, tingling, or changes in your sense of touch.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

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

  • low potassium level - leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling.

Common Cresemba side effects may include:

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.

What other drugs will affect Cresemba?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines. Many drugs can interact with isavuconazonium, especially:

This list is not complete and many other drugs may interact with isavuconazonium. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Cresemba only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.