Parenteral Manual

Amphotericin B Liposomal

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Alternate Name(s): 
Original Date: 
January 2009
Revised Date: 
December 2011
  • Treatment of severe systemic/deep mycoses in patients who:
    - fail to respond to conventional amphotericin B (continuous fungemia or positive fungal cultures after a minimum trial of 10 days)
    - develop nephrotoxicity after conventional amphotericin B (doubling of serum creatinine from baseline or a daily jump in serum creatinine of 30-50 mmol/L)
    - have conventional amphotericin B  contraindicated because of renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than 60 mL/min/1.73m2


Reconstitution and Stability: 
50 mg 12 mL                    -shake vigorously 30 seconds 4 mg/mL
  • Filter through a 5 micron filter prior to dilution -use 1 filter for each vial of drug
  • Protect from light
  • Reconstituted vial stable 24 hours refrigerated
  • Diluted in D5W to 0.2 mg/mL stable 11 days refrigerated, 24 hours at room temperature
  • Diluted in D5W to 2 mg/mL stable 14 days refrigerated, 24 hours at room temperature

-Solutions Compatible:  Dextrose solution up to D25W

-DO NOT mix with other drugs

-Incompatible:  saline solutions


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)

IV Direct NO
IV Intermittent Infusion

Syringe pump: 2 mg/mL ONLY

Large volume pump: Usual dilution:  0.2-2 mg/mL
Don’t use a minibag smaller than 50 mL
Infusion time:  over 1 - 2 hours

IV Continuous Infusion NO

(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)

Adult / Pediatric (greater than 1 month):

  • Initial:  3 - 5 mg/kg/day
  • Doses of 10 mg/kg/day have been use in patients with documented Apergillus infection
Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • Less toxic than conventional amphotericin B
  • Transient decreases in renal function:  hypokalemia, nephrotoxicity (azotemia, increased serum creatinine, renal tubular acidosis)
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Arrhythmias
  • Anaphylaxis
  • CNS:  headache, dizziness, fever/chills
  • Elevated liver enzymes (AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase)
  • Monitor hepatic and renal function tests, CBC, electrolytes (especially magnesium and potassium)
  • Dose adjustment may be required with renal dysfunction
  • DO NOT administer through a line with an in-line filter less than 1 micron 
  • Flush line with D5W prior to infusion
  • Consider sodium loading to minimize the nephrotoxic risk
    - Patient must be euvolemic with a normal serum sodium
    - Contraindication - significant cardiac, renal or respiratory compromise
    - Procedure - infuse sodium chloride 0.9% 10 mL/kg (1.5 mmol Na/Kg) IV over 60 minutes prior to Amphotericin B Liposomal infusions
    - Flush IV lines with dextrose solution prior to administration of Amphotericin B Liposomal due to incompatibility with saline containing solutions
    - Continue sodium loading for the duration of Amphotericin B Liposomal therapy

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