Merck & Co. | Cancidas (Medication)
Cancidas/caspofungin acetate is an echinocandin antifungal drug indicated in adults and pediatric patients (3 months and older) for: empirical therapy for presumed fungal infections in febrile, neutropenic patients; treatment of candidemia and the following Candida infections: intraabdominal abscesses, peritonitis and pleural space infections; treatment of esophageal candidiasis; treatment of invasive aspergillosis in patients who are refractory to or intolerant of other therapies (e.g., amphotericin B, lipid formulations of amphotericin B, itraconazole).
This medication is usually given by injection into a vein once a day, by a healthcare provider in a hospital or clinic. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment….
Cancidas: Side Effects
Nausea, diarrhea, fever, red or warm skin (flushing), headache, or irritation at the injection site are common side effects that may occur. If any of this persist or worsen, call your doctor.
The following are more serious side effects, witch need immediately medical help: an allergic reaction – difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives; persistent nausea or vomiting, severe stomach and abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes or skin.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing….
Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you are allergic to antibiotics, to other drugs, or if you have any other allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and if you have or ever have had any liver problems.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor advice….