Exploring the Drug Anidulafungin for Candida

Anidulafungin under the brand name Eraxis was originally made by Vicuron Pharmaceuticals but was acquired along with the company in 2005 by Pfizer. FDA approval for it was received in 2006. It is an anti-fungal drug used for the treatment of invasive Candida, oesophageal candidiasis and invasive Aspergillus infection and is from the class of drugs known as the echinocandins. Like the other echinocandins using Anidulafungin for candida works as it inhibits the fungus cells from making beta-1, 3-glucan an important part of the cell wall. This weakens and kills it.

Administering anidulafungin for Candida
Anidulafungin for candida is administered via intravenous infusion (IV). It is given to patients if they have systemic candida i.e it is in the blood, for stomach and esophagus infections. Some people are allergic to the drug, having reactions of hives, swelling around the face, hard to breathe, swelling of the tongue, lips and throat. There can also be side effects, which include;

  • light headed
  • fainting
  • dry mouth
  • tender muscles
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • hot flashes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • headaches
  • constipation

If you are in hospital and are receiving this treatment and feel any of those effects tell your doctor straight away.

What to tell your doctor
Using anidulafungin for candida should be used only at doses a doctor prescribes and should be stopped if you have any of the above allergic reactions. If you are taking any other medication, including herbal supplements, vitamins, minerals or prescriptions, make sure you tell your doctor as anidulafungin may have a reaction to other drugs. If liver disease is a problem make sure your doctor knows. If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant tell your doctor as taking anidulafungin for candida is not safe for the unborn baby. If you are breastfeeding tell your doctor as it is not known if it passes into the breast milk and could therefore harm the baby when it nurses.

If you are using anidulafungin for candida at home
In the unlikely but possible event you have been prescribed this treatment and given the equipment to administer it at home there are some things you need to remember. Make sure needles, IV tubing, are properly disposed of after use and that you know how to properly administer the medication. Disposable needles should be used just once and then disposed of in a container that is puncture proof (available form pharmacies). Follow the whole course of treatment, if you miss a dose take it when you remember unless the next dose is coming, in which case just skip it. If you think you have taken too much call for emergency medical help. If you need more information on the drug your pharmacist can help you.

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