Anidulafungin is a drug to treat diseases caused by fungal infections. This drug can be used to treat fungal infections in the blood, stomach, or esophagus.

Anidulafungin belongs to the echinocandin class of antifungal drugs. This drug works by interfering with the formation of fungal cell wall components, so that fungal growth can stop. Anidulafungin is available in injectable form and must be used as prescribed by a doctor.

Anidulafungin trademark: Ecalta

What is Anidulafungin

group Prescription drugs
Category Antifungal
Benefit Overcoming  fungal infections .
Used by Mature
Anidulafungin for pregnant and lactating women  Category C: Animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women. Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

It is not known whether anidulafungin can be absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without telling your doctor.

Drug form Inject

 Precautions Before Using Anidulafungin

Anidulafungin should not be used carelessly. Before using anidulafungin, you need to pay attention to the following points:

  • Do not use anidulafungin if you are allergic to it or to another echinocandin-type antifungal drug, such as caspofungin or micafungin .
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease or congenital fructose intolerance.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using anidulafungin before having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain medications, supplements or herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • See your doctor right away if you experience an allergic drug reaction, serious side effect, or overdose, after using anidulafungin.

Dosage and Rules for Using Anidulafungin

Anidulafungin injection will be given by injection through a vein (intravenously/IV) by a doctor or medical officer under the supervision of a doctor. The dose of anidulafungin can be different for each patient. The following are common doses for using anidulafungin:

  • Conditions: Esophageal candidiasis
    100 mg once daily on the first day, then 50 mg thereafter. Treatment duration is up to 14 days and at least 7 days after symptom relief.
  • Conditions: Invasive candidiasis , candidaemia, candida infection
    Dose 200 mg, once daily on the first day, then 100 mg thereafter. The duration of treatment is up to 14 days.

How to use Anidulafungin correctly

Anidulafungin will be given directly by a doctor or medical officer under the supervision of a doctor. The medicine will be injected once a day into a vein. This drug can be given for 45 minutes to 3 hours.

Follow the drug administration schedule given by the doctor. Do not stop medication without consulting your doctor first. Stopping treatment too early can lead to a recurrence of the infection.

Store anidulafungin in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.

Interactions of Anidulafungin with other drugs

Anidulafungin can cause drug interaction effects when used with other drugs. The exact interaction effect of using anidafulgin with other drugs is not yet known. Therefore, always tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including ciclosporin , voriconazole, tacrolimus, amphotericin B , or rifampin.

Side Effects and Dangers of Anidulafungin

Some of the side effects that can occur after using anidulafungin are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nauseous
  • Vomit
  • Hard to sleep

Consult a doctor if the side effects above do not subside immediately or get worse. You need to see a doctor immediately if you experience an allergic drug reaction or more serious side effects, such as:

  • Swelling in the ankles or hands
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle cramp
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes ( jaundice )
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