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Caspofungin acetate intraven.
CASPOFUNGIN - INJECTABLE

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CASPOFUNGIN - INJECTABLE

(kass-poe-FUN-gin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cancidas

Uses

Caspofungin is used to treat a fungal infection of the throat (esophageal candidiasis). It is also used to treat certain serious fungal infections (e.g., aspergillosis) in people who cannot tolerate other antifungal medications (e.g., amphotericin B, itraconazole).

How To Use

Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluids. If you have any questions regarding the use of this medication, consult your pharmacist. Give this medication by vein (IV) over 1 hour in a saline solution (0.9% normal saline) or Lactated Ringer's solution usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not mix dextrose-containing solutions (e.g., D5W) with this medication. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.

Side Effects

Nausea, diarrhea, headache, or red/warm-feeling skin (flushing), may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, fever, chills, vomiting, rash. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, stomach/abdominal pain, muscle pain. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: trouble breathing. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, any allergies. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: cyclosporine, tacrolimus, certain HIV medications (e.g., efavirenz, nevirapine), phenytoin, rifampin, dexamethasone, carbamazepine, other antifungal medications (e.g., amphotericin, itraconazole). This drug may interfere with certain laboratory tests (e.g., liver function tests, blood cell counts). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose include: yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, unusual/severe fatigue.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store the unmixed/powder vials refrigerated between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Once mixed, the vial is good for one hour at room temperature or refrigerated (less than 77 degrees F or 25 degrees C). Discard any unused portion of the vial. After mixing and subsequent dilution with IV fluids, this product is stable at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) for 24 hours or if refrigerated between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C) for 48 hours.

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