Treats bacterial infections. Cubicin (daptomycin) is an antibiotic that's usually only given in the hospital for serious infections. It can be given at home, but you will have to be taught how to inject it correctly.
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› Cubicin (daptomycin) is good at treating severe and complicated bacterial infections.
› It is able to kill bacteria that have resistance to other antibiotics.
› Most people who take Cubicin (daptomycin) have few side effects.
› You usually only need to take it once a day.
Downsides and risks
› Cubicin (daptomycin) is usually only given for extremely serious infections that haven't responded to other antibiotics.
› Cubicin (daptomycin) can cause muscle aches and weakness, which can lead to kidney problems.
› You might need to have more blood tests done while taking Cubicin (daptomycin).
› Like most antibiotics, it is common to have diarrhea when taking this medicine.
› While Cubicin (daptomycin) is generic, it is usually very expensive.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get a rash, itchy skin, trouble breathing, or swelling in your face or mouth.
› Diarrhea is a common side effect that should go away when you stop the medication. Tell your doctor if it doesn't stop, or if you develop very watery or bloody stools.
› If you're taking statin medicines to lower your cholesterol, don't take them until you're done with Cubicin (daptomycin).
› If you're taking Cubicin (daptomycin) at home, your doctor will place a small tube into your skin and you'll be taught how to inject the medicine correctly. Store Cubicin (daptomycin) in the fridge, but take it out 30 minutes before you inject it, so it can warm to room temperature.