Merck & Co. | Caspofungin – injectable (Medication)
Caspofungin – injectable: Indications
Caspofungin is used to treat a variety of serious fungal infections. It is often used in patients who cannot use or do not respond to other antifungal medications (e.g., amphotericin B, itraconazole). Caspofungin belongs to a class of drugs known as echinocandins. It works by stopping the growth of fungus.
This medicine must be given slowly, so the needle will remain in place for about 1 hour. In most cases, this medicine is given for at least 2 weeks, but may be continued for longer….
Caspofungin – injectable: Side Effects
Get immediate medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these serious side effects: pain, swelling, or vein irritation where the medicine is injected; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; swelling in your hands or feet; weakness, muscle cramps, pounding or uneven heart beats; or nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects include: warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin; increased sweating; mild nausea, diarrhea; skin rash or itching; or headache….
Caspofungin – injectable: Precaution
Prior tu using caspofungin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver disease.
Caspofungin is usually given for at least 14 days. You may need to receive this medication until it has been at least 7 days after your symptoms disappear, or 14 days after lab tests show that the infection has cleared….