Astellas, Alkopharma, Sigma-Tau, Pfizer
What it does:
Treats fungal infections, including cryptococcal meningitis, which are more common in people with HIV
No more than 1.5 mg per kg of body weight, administered intravenously, once daily
Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Individuals who cannot normally take traditional amphotericin B because it causes damage to their kidneys may be able to take the formulations in AmBisome, Abelcet, or Amphotec.
Most serious: allergic reaction, kidney problems, rash, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps or pain, weakness, bleeding, hearing loss, blurred vision, hepatitis Other: fever, shaking, chills, weight loss, nausea, headache, jaundice