Cancidas

Generic Name: Caspofungin

  • What is Cancidas?

    Cancidas is an antifungal medicine used to treat serious fungal infections in adults and children. Cancidas is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cancidas?

    Cancidas can cause serious liver side effects. Your doctor will monitor your liver function while you are on Cancidas.

    Cancidas can cause allergic reactions, including rash, facial swelling, itching, sensation of warmth, and difficulty breathing. Your doctor will monitor you for allergic reactions while you receive this medication.

  • Who should not take Cancidas?

    Your doctor will not administer Cancidas to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cancidas?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cancidas. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you.

  • How should I take Cancidas?

    Your doctor will administer Cancidas to you as an intravenous infusion. The infusion will take approximately 1 hour to administer.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cancidas?

    Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cancidas?

    If Cancidas is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Cancidas: carbamazepine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, efavirenz, nevirapine, phenytoin, rifampin, or tacrolimus.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cancidas?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: body aches, chills, dark urine, fever, flu symptoms, itching, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or white of the eyes), loss of appetite, nausea, pain, stomach pain, swelling of the hands or feet, vein irritation at the injection site

  • Can I receive Cancidas if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cancidas during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cancidas?

    Cancidas should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Cancidas?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.