Meningitis: What It Is and How to Avoid It Watch Video

Caspofungin

Generic Name: caspofungin (KAS-poe-FUN-jin)
Brand Name: Cancidas

Caspofungin is used for:

Treating certain fungal infections.

Caspofungin is an antifungal agent. It works by weakening fungal cell walls, which allows the cell contents to leak out, resulting in the death of the fungus.

Do NOT use caspofungin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in caspofungin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Slideshow: Worried About Ebola? You’re More Likely to Get These 10 Serious Infections

Before using caspofungin:

Some medical conditions may interact with caspofungin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or are using cyclosporine

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with caspofungin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cyclosporine because the risk of liver problems may be increased
  • Carbamazepine, dexamethasone, efavirenz, nevirapine, phenytoin, or rifampin because they may decrease caspofungin's effectiveness
  • Tacrolimus because its effectiveness may be decreased by caspofungin

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if caspofungin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use caspofungin:

Use caspofungin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Caspofungin is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using caspofungin at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use caspofungin. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use caspofungin if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of caspofungin, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use caspofungin.

Important safety information:

  • Be sure to use caspofungin for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Lab tests, including liver function tests, may be performed while you use caspofungin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use caspofungin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Caspofungin should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 3 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using caspofungin while you are pregnant. It is not known if caspofungin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use caspofungin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of caspofungin:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Cough; diarrhea; headache; mild fever; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); blood in the urine; decreased urine; fainting, fatigue, or dizziness; fast, slow or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; mood or mental changes (eg, anxiety, confusion, depression, trouble sleeping); muscle pain, weakness, or cramps; pain, swelling, weakness, or redness at the infusion site or in the infused limb; rapid breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing; red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin; seizure; severe headache, dizziness, or blurred vision; severe stomach or back pain with nausea and vomiting; swelling of the hands or feet; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes); unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual feeling of warmth; unusual tiredness or weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of caspofungin:

Caspofungin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using caspofungin at home, store caspofungin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep caspofungin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about caspofungin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Caspofungin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take caspofungin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about caspofungin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to caspofungin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using caspofungin.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Hide
(web4)