Generic Name: micafungin (MYE-ka-FUN-jin)
Brand Name: Mycamine
Micafungin is used for:
Treating certain fungal infections. It is also used to prevent certain fungal infections in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation.
Micafungin is an antifungal agent. It works by killing sensitive fungi.
Do NOT use micafungin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in micafungin or to any similar medicines (eg, caspofungin)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using micafungin:
Some medical conditions may interact with micafungin. 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 HIV, a weakened immune system, or cancer
- if you have a history of liver or kidney problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with micafungin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Itraconazole, nifedipine, or sirolimus because the risk of their side effects may be increased by micafungin
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if micafungin 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 micafungin:
Use micafungin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Micafungin is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using micafungin at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use micafungin. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Do not use micafungin 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 away from 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.
- To clear up your infection completely, use micafungin for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of micafungin, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use micafungin.
Important safety information:
- Micafungin may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use micafungin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Micafungin only works against fungi; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold) or bacterial infections.
- Be sure to use micafungin for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take micafungin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Micafungin may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
- Micafungin may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. Tell your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Diabetes patients - Micafungin may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use micafungin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Micafungin should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 4 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 micafungin while you are pregnant. It is not known if micafungin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use micafungin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of micafungin:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anxiety; blood in the urine; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; muscle pain, weakness, or cramps; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; redness, tenderness, pain, or swelling near the injection site; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, flushing, increased thirst or urination, rapid breathing, unusual drowsiness); symptoms of low blood sugar (eg, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, fast heartbeat, headache, light-headedness, tremors, unusual sweating, weakness); symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; pale stools; severe stomach pain; unusual nausea or loss of appetite; yellowing of the skin or eyes); unusual bruising or bleeding; 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 micafungin:
Micafungin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using micafungin at home, store micafungin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep micafungin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about micafungin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Micafungin 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 micafungin 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 micafungin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to micafungin. 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 micafungin.
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.
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- Other brands: Mycamine