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Ancobon, Ancotil (UK)

Pharmacologic class: Fluorinated pyrimidine analog

Therapeutic class: Antifungal

Pregnancy risk category C


Unclear. Thought to interfere with protein synthesis in cells of susceptible fungi after conversion to fluorouracil.


Capsules: 250 mg, 500 mg

Indications and dosages

Severe fungal infections caused by susceptible strains of Candida species (including septicemia, endocarditis, urinary tract infections [UTIs]), and pulmonary infections) and Cryptococcus species (including meningitis, pulmonary infections, and UTIs)

Adults: 50 to 150 mg/kg P.O. daily in four equally divided doses q 6 hours

Dosage adjustment

• Renal impairment (glomerular filtration rate below 50 ml/minute)

Off-label uses

• Chromomycosis


• Hypersensitivity to drug or other antifungals


Use cautiously in:

• renal impairment, underlying hepatic disease, bone marrow depression

• pregnant or breastfeeding patients

• children (safety not established).


• Give capsules a few at a time over 15 minutes to minimize nausea and vomiting.

• Know that drug is rarely used alone. Expect to give another antifungal or amphotericin B concurrently.

Adverse reactions

CNS: headache, dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, vertigo, psychosis, ataxia, paresthesia, parkinsonism, peripheral neuropathy

CV: chest pain, cardiac arrest

EENT: hearing loss

GI: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia, ulcerative colitis, abdominal discomfort, anorexia, duodenal ulcer, hemorrhage

GU: azotemia, crystalluria, renal failure

Hematologic: eosinophilia, anemia, leukopenia, aplastic anemia, thrombocytopenia, bone marrow depression, agranulocytosis

Hepatic: jaundice

Metabolic: hypokalemia, hypoglycemia

Respiratory: dyspnea, respiratory arrest

Skin: rash, pruritus, urticaria, photosensitivity


Drug-drug. Amphotericin B: synergistic effects, increased risk of toxicity

Drug-diagnostic tests. Alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase, bilirubin, gamma-glutamyltransferase: increased levels

Glucose, granulocytes, hemoglobin, platelets, potassium, white blood cells: decreased levels

Patient monitoring

• Monitor kidney and liver function test results.

• Carefully monitor blood glucose level and hematologic test results.

Assess for serious cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and hematologic adverse reactions.

• Evaluate electrolyte levels, particularly potassium.

• Assess for signs and symptoms of bleeding.

Patient teaching

• Advise patient to take capsules over 15-minute period to reduce GI upset.

Instruct patient to immediately report unusual bleeding or bruising.

• Caution patient to avoid driving and other hazardous activities until he knows how drug affects concentration and alertness.

• Instruct patient to minimize GI upset by eating frequent, small servings of food and drinking adequate fluids.

• Advise female patient to inform prescriber if she is pregnant or breastfeeding.

• Tell patient he'll undergo regular blood testing during therapy.

• As appropriate, review all other significant and life-threatening adverse reactions and interactions, especially those related to the drugs and tests mentioned above.

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5-FC, Ancobon Infectious disease An anti-fungal given with amphotericin B to ↓ emergence of resistant strains Adverse effects Liver damage. See AIDS.
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A drug used to treat fungus infections within the body. It can be taken by mouth and is effective against CRYPTOCOCCOSIS, chromomycosis and thrush (CANDIDIASIS). Side effects are minor.
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antifungal agent 

Any substance which destroys or prevents the growth of fungi. It is one of the antibiotic groups. There are several classes of antifungal drugs: Polyenes, which cause an increase in fungal cell wall permeability leading to its death. Examples: amphotericin B, natamycin, nystatin. Azoles, which act either by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, a component of fungal cell wall or by causing direct wall damage. Examples: clotrimazole, econazole, fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole. Pyrimidines, which interfere with the normal function of fungal cells. Example: flucytosine. Syn antimycotic agent.
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