Mycamine

Generic Name: Micafungin

  • What is Mycamine?

    Mycamine is an antifungal medicine used to treat fungal infections of the blood, abdomen, and esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). These infections are called candidiasis or candidemia. This medication is also used to prevent Candida infections in people undergoing blood stem cell transplantation. Mycamine is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

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

    Infusion of Mycamine can cause serious allergic reactions that may result in death if not immediately treated. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop a rash, itching, facial swelling, or low blood pressure.

    Mycamine can cause blood, liver, or kidney problems. Your doctor will monitor you for these problems.

    Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms, or if any known symptom persists or worsens.

  • Who should not take Mycamine?

    Your doctor will not administer Mycamine to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antifungals.

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

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

  • 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: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you.

  • How should I take Mycamine?

    Your doctor will administer Mycamine to you as an intravenous infusion.

  • What should I avoid while taking Mycamine?

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

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

    If Mycamine is taken 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 Mycamine with the following: itraconazole, nifedipine, or sirolimus.

  • What are the possible side effects of Mycamine?

    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: abdominal pain, allergic reactions, changes in blood pressure, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, indigestion, nausea, sleep disturbances, tiredness, vomiting

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

    The effects of Mycamine 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 Mycamine?

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

  • How should I store Mycamine?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.