Generic Name: amphotericin B topical (am foe TER ah sin)Brand Names: Fungizone Cream, Fungizone Lotion
Amphotericin B topical is an antifungal medication. Amphotericin B prevents fungus from growing on your skin.
Amphotericin B topical is used to treat skin infections that are caused by the yeast Candida. Amphotericin B topical is not currently available for use in the United States.
Amphotericin B topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about amphotericin B topical?Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.
Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using amphotericin B topical?
Do not use amphotericin B topical if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.It is not known whether amphotericin B topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use amphotericin B topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether amphotericin B passes into breast milk. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication.Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the cream, lotion, or ointment two to four times daily as directed for 1 to 4 weeks. Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.
If the infection does not clear up in a few weeks, or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor.
Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Discoloration of skin or clothing may occur. Wash with soap and water to remove color from skin or fabric.Store amphotericin B at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the regular amount of amphotericin B topical. Do not use a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
An overdose of amphotericin B topical is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect that a much larger than normal dose has been used, or that amphotericin B topical has been ingested, contact an emergency room or a poison control center.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.
Serious side effects of amphotericin B topical use are unexpected. Stop using amphotericin B topical and see your doctor if you experience unusual or severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Avoid using other topicals at the same time unless your doctor approves. Other skin medications may affect the absorption or effectiveness of amphotericin B topical.
Amphotericin B topical is available with a prescription under the brand name Fungizone in a 3% cream, lotion, or ointment. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.