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Mycamine

Generic Name: micafungin (MYE-ka-FUN-jin)
Brand Name: Mycamine

Mycamine is used for:

Treating certain fungal infections. It is also used to prevent certain fungal infections in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation.

Mycamine is an antifungal agent. It works by killing sensitive fungi.

Do NOT use Mycamine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Mycamine or to any similar medicines (eg, caspofungin)

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

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Before using Mycamine:

Some medical conditions may interact with Mycamine. 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 Mycamine. 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 Mycamine

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Mycamine 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 Mycamine:

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

  • Mycamine is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Mycamine at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Mycamine. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Mycamine 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 Mycamine for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Mycamine, contact your doctor right away.

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

Important safety information:

  • Mycamine may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Mycamine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Mycamine only works against fungi; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold) or bacterial infections.
  • Be sure to use Mycamine 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 Mycamine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Mycamine 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.
  • Mycamine 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 - Mycamine 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 Mycamine. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Mycamine 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 Mycamine while you are pregnant. It is not known if Mycamine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Mycamine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Mycamine:

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:

Diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; 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); 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 Mycamine:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Mycamine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Mycamine 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 Mycamine 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 Mycamine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Mycamine. 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 Mycamine.

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.

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