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Clin Infect Dis. 1995 Nov;21(5):1145-53.

The safety and efficacy of amphotericin B colloidal dispersion in the treatment of invasive mycoses.

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Withington Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom.


Amphotericin B colloidal dispersion (ABCD), a novel formulation of amphotericin B and cholesteryl sulfate in a 1:1 ratio, was developed to reduce the toxicity of amphotericin B yet retain its antifungal efficacy. In an open-label trial, ABCD at dosages as high as 6 mg/(kg.d) was administered to 168 patients with documented or presumed systemic mycoses. All patients had responded incompletely to at least 7 days' treatment with conventional amphotericin B (CAB), had experienced CAB-induced nephrotoxic effects, had preexisting renal impairment, or had experienced other CAB-related, treatment-limiting toxic effects. The clinical response to ABCD could be evaluated in 97 patients. Complete clinical response or improvement was noted in 48 (49%) of them after a mean treatment duration of 18.5 days. All 168 enrolled patients were evaluated with regard to safety of the treatment. Even at daily doses as high as 6 mg/kg, and mean and median cumulative doses of 4.0 g and 2.4 g, respectively, ABCD had little renal toxicity: the mean change in serum level of creatinine from baseline to final value was -0.02 mg/dL. Hypokalemia developed in eight patients (5%). This study provides preliminary evidence that ABCD is effective in treating invasive mycoses and lacks the dose-limiting nephrotoxicity of CAB.

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