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Amphotericin B

Also known as Amphocil

Amphotericin B (Fungilin, Fungizone, Abelcet, AmBisome Amfy , Fungisome, Amphocil, Amphotec, Amphoterrible) is a polyene antifungal drug, often used intravenously for systemic fungal infections. It was originally extracted from Streptomyces nodosus, a filamentous bacterium, in 1955 at the Squibb Institute for Medical Research from cultures of an undescribed streptomycete isolated from the soil collected in the Orinoco River region of Venezuela. Its name originates from the chemical's amphoteric properties. Two amphotericins, amphotericin A and amphotericin B are known, but only B is used clinically, because it is significantly more active in vivo. Amphotericin A is almost identical to amphotericin B (having a double C=C bond between the 27th and 28th carbons), but has little antifungal activity. Currently, the drug is available as plain amphotericin B, as a cholesteryl sulfate complex (ABCD), as a lipid complex (ABLC), and as a liposomal formulation (LAmB). The latter formulations have been developed to improve tolerability for the patient, but may show considerably different pharmacokinetic characteristics compared to plain amphotericin B.

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Estimated Total Cost: $119.16 for an average of 14 days supply

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed amphotericin b to treat blastomycosis, rabies, west nile virus, and pick disease.

What drug interactions are known?

Do not take amphotericin b if you are taking any of the following:

Critical Interactions

Significant Interactions


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