Best practice guidelines for the management of adverse events associated with amphotericin B lipid complex.

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  • J Anson
  • P Chu
  • A Dodgson
  • N Duncan
  • C Gomez
  • J Mehta
  • S Sadullah
  • C Subudhi
  • JL Yin

Colleges, School and Institutes


IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD: Amphotericin B lipid complex is a widely used lipid-based formulation of amphotericin B, which has a broad spectrum of activity against a variety of fungal pathogens. It has also been shown to be significantly less nephrotoxic than conventional amphotericin B. However, infusional drug reactions, similar to those seen when using conventional amphotericin B, have been reported in a significant number of patients, so it is important that these are prevented or managed effectively, particularly in light of the changing epidemiology of systemic fungal infections. AREAS COVERED IN THIS REVIEW: This article reviews effective strategies that can be used to reduce the risk of drug delivery reactions associated with amphotericin B lipid complex. Preserving renal function and managing spikes in serum creatinine levels are also discussed. WHAT THE READER WILL GAIN: The aim of this paper is to provide healthcare professionals with clear guidance on the management of adverse events associated with amphotericin B lipid complex. Recommendations are based upon the published evidence and clinical experience from a number of different centres. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Amphotericin B lipid complex represents a valuable therapeutic option in the treatment of fungal infections but improved strategies for the management of infusion-related adverse events are required.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-47
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Safety
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010