Generic Name: Flucytosine

  • What is Ancobon?

    Ancobon is an antifungal medicine that is used to treat certain fungal infections of the heart, blood, brain, lungs, or urinary tract.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ancobon?

    Ancobon must be used with caution in people with depressed bone marrow. Your risk of having bone marrow depression can increase if you have a blood disorder, or are being treated or have been treated with radiation or medications that depress your bone marrow.

    Ancobon can cause kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function.

  • Who should not take Ancobon?

    Do not take Ancobon if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ancobon?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ancobon. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, or have a blood disorder.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your weight.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Ancobon?

    Take Ancobon exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take a few capsules at a time over a 15-minute period to reduce or avoid nausea or vomiting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ancobon?

    Do not miss any of the scheduled doses of Ancobon.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ancobon?

    If Ancobon is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ancobon with a cancer medication called cytosine arabinoside (cytarabine) or other medications that can cause kidney impairment.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ancobon?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, allergic reactions, confusion, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, dry mouth, fever, headache, hearing loss, itching, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, motion sickness, nausea, numbness, rash, shortness of breath, tiredness, weakness

  • Can I receive Ancobon if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ancobon during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ancobon?

    If you miss a dose of Ancobon, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Ancobon?

    Store at room temperature.