Antifungal Agents (Treat Fungal Infections)


Amphotericin B - Amphotericin B is used when your doctor suspects or has found a serious fungal infection. This medication may result in many side effects including fever, chills, pain at the intravenous infusion site, temporary kidney failure, low red blood cell counts, and electrolyte imbalance. The side effects usually reverse when the medication is removed.

Fluconazole - Fluconazole is usually well tolerated by ICU patients. The doctor will monitor for side effects including drug interactions. Several serious drug interactions have been described with this medication. Side effects are usually minor and may include rash, itching, headache, nausea and liver abnormalities. Once the medication is removed the side effects stop.

What is an antifungal agent?

ICU patients needing prolonged ICU care, intravenous (IV) feeding, steroids or medications that slow down the immune system (such as medications given to organ transplant patients), or who have a week immune system may have or may develop a yeast or fungal infection. An antifungal agent is a medication used to treat fungal or yeast infections.

How long is it used?

An antifungal medication is usually given for a specific period of time however, some patients need a long period of treatment.

Why is it given?

The doctor prescibes this medication to help a patient overcome a fungal or yeast infection.

Does it have side effects?

Some antifungal medications may result in many side effects such as fever, chills, temporary kidney failure, low red blood cells and electrolyte imbalance. Other antifungal medications may have minimal side effects.