Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual

Amphotericin B

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Alternate Name(s): 
Original Date: 
March 1992
Revised Date: 
August 2003
  • Treatment of systemic fungal infections and severe superficial mycoses
  • IV intermittent infusion :       
    • CHEO: over 2 - 6 hours
    • TOH: over 4 hours
  • 0.5 - 1 mg/kg/day once daily
Side Effects: 
  • CNS: fever
  • CVS: hypotension
  • Endocrine and metabolic: hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia
  • Hematologic: anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia
  • Hepatic: acute hepatic failure, jaundice; AST, ALT and bilirubin elevated
  • Local: phlebitis
  • Renal: renal failure, renal tubular acidosis
Parameters to Monitor: 
  • BUN and serum creatinine
  • Serum potassium and serum magnesium
  • Electrolytes
  • Liver function
  • CBC
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Amphotericin B 50 mg
    • Add 10 mL SWFI. Take 1 mL (5 mg) and add to 49 mL D5W
    • Final concentration: 0.1 mg/mL

- Solutions Compatible: D5W, D10W

Incompatible: all saline solutions as precipitation will occur.  Do not mix with other drugs


-Taketomo CK, Hodding JH, Kraus DM. Pediatric Dosage Handbook 9th-11th Editions. Hudson: Lexi-Comp Inc.; 2002-2004.

-Trissel LA. Handbook on Injectable Drugs. 12th-13th Editions. Bethesda: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 2003-2005.

-Roy R, Griffiths K, editors. The formulary-The Hospital for Sick Children. 21st-22nd Editions. Toronto: Department of Pharmacy; 2002-2004.

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