Eraxis

Generic Name: Anidulafungin

  • What is Eraxis?

    Eraxis is used to treat fungal infections caused by Candida, including infection of the blood (Candidemia), the lining of the abdomen (intra-abdominal abscess and peritonitis), and the esophagus (portion of the digestive tract between the throat and stomach).

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

    Eraxis is not a self-administered antifungal. This drug is most likely given in a hospital setting, by a doctor or nurse.

    Eraxis only works against fungus; it does not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold).

    Eraxis may cause liver problems and it may worsen liver disease. Your doctor may need to monitor you on this drug to see your response.

  • Who should not take Eraxis?

    Do not take Eraxis if you are allergic to it, any of its other ingredients, or if you have had sensitivity to other echinocandin antifungals (such as caspofungin) in the past.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking to avoid a possible interaction with Eraxis. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • 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.

    Candidemia and other Candida infections (Intra-Abdominal Abscess, Peritonitis)

    Adults: The recommended dose is a single 200-milligram (mg) dose on Day 1, followed by a 100-mg daily dose thereafter. The duration of treatment will be based on clinical response. In general, treatment with Eraxis should continue for at least 14 days after the last positive fungal test.

    Esophageal Candidiasis

    Adults: The recommended dose is a single 100 mg dose of Eraxis on Day 1, followed by 50 mg daily dose thereafter. The duration of treatment will be based on clinical response. In general, treatment with Eraxis should continue for at least 14 days and for at least 7 days following resolution of symptoms.

  • How should I take Eraxis?

    Eraxis will be administered by your doctor. To clear up your infection completely, use Eraxis for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.

  • What should I avoid while taking Eraxis?

    Keep using Eraxis even if you feel better in a few days. Eraxis will be administered by your doctor; keep your regular doctor appointments.

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

    There have been no documented drug or food interactions with Eraxis when given at the recommended dosing. However, it is important to discuss with your doctor all prescription and non-prescription medications and supplements that you are currently taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Eraxis?

    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: diarrhea, headache, nausea, rash, upset stomach, vomiting, inflammation of a vein, fever, increased liver enzymes, decreased potassium in the blood, formation of a blood clot in the vein, decreased white blood cells

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

    If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are nursing, talk to your doctor before taking Eraxis. The effects of Eraxis on pregnancy are unknown, and it may pass into breast milk.

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

    If you miss a dose of Eraxis, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

  • How should I store Eraxis?

    Eraxis is handled and stored by a healthcare provider.

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