Cubicin

Generic Name: Daptomycin

  • What is Cubicin?

    Cubicin is an antibacterial agent (in the form of an injection) used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including skin infections and infections of the blood.

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

    A gastrointestinal condition has been reported with use of Cubicin and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to a severe inflammation of the large intestine. Patients may develop watery and bloody stools even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. If this condition is suspected, Cubicin may need to be discontinued and appropriate therapy must be initiated. Patients who respond poorly to Cubicin may need to have blood tests done.

    Call your doctor immediately if you have any numbness or tingling, or any muscle pain or weakness. You may have to discontinue the use of Cubicin.

    Cubicin should only be used to treat bacterial infections. It will not treat viral infections like the common cold.

    Although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, you should use this medication exactly as directed by your physician for the entire length of time prescribed. Complete the full course of therapy and do not skip any doses.

  • Who should not take Cubicin?

    Do not use Cubicin if you have a history of allergic reactions to daptomycin.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cubicin. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney disease or a nerve or muscular disorder.

  • 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 18 years and older: Cubicin is given as an intravenous infusion over the course of 30 minutes, usually every 24 hours for 7-14 days. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.

  • How should I take Cubicin?

    Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may decrease the drug's effectiveness, increase the chances for bacterial resistance, and will not be treatable by Cubicin or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cubicin?

    Avoid skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy. Do not use any medicine to stop diarrhea without your doctor's approval.

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

    If Cubicin is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cubicin with the following: tobramycin, warfarin, or cholesterol-lowering medicines such as simvastatin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cubicin?

    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: discomfort or irritation at the injection site, constipation, nausea, vomiting, headache, pain or burning when urinating

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

    Cubicin should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Since Cubicin may appear in breast milk, you should consult your doctor if you plan to breastfeed your baby.

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

    Cubicin should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, it is best to speak to your healthcare provider for advice.

  • How should I store Cubicin?

    Your physician will store this medication.

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