Cancidas

(caspofungin)

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Treats fungal infections.

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Cancidas (caspofungin) is an injection to treat serious fungal infections, usually after trying other antifungal medications first (like amphotericin B or itraconazole).

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Quick facts about Cancidas
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Cancidas (caspofungin) can treat serious fungal infections that don't respond to other drugs.
  • Cancidas (caspofungin) is given once each day.
  • Some patients take Cancidas (caspofungin) at home without having to visit their doctor for each dose. Ask your doctor if this is an option for you.
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Downsides

  • Cancidas (caspofungin) only comes as an injection. It should not be taken by mouth.
  • Once prepared, Cancidas (caspofungin) should be used right away. This is because it does not contain any ingredients to stop germs from growing.
  • Because of the potential side effects, Cancidas (caspofungin) is usually only given after other antibiotics haven't worked.
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How it works

Cancidas (caspofungin) works by stopping the growth of fungus.

Quick facts about Cancidas
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Cancidas (caspofungin) for Fungal infection

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  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
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Side effect rates for Cancidas (caspofungin)

From 564 clinical trials of Cancidas when taken for empiric fungal infections in neutropenic patients (50 mg/day)
  • Abnormal blood tests
    57%57%
  • Fever
    27%27%
  • Chills
    23%23%
  • Diarrhea
    20%20%
  • Rash
    16%16%
  • Swelling
    11%11%
  • Nausea
    11%11%
  • Headache
    11%11%
  • Abdominal pain
    9%9%
  • Vomiting
    9%9%
  • Difficulty breathing
    9%9%
  • Fast heart rate
    7%7%
  • Low potassium
    6%6%
  • Low blood pressure
    6%6%
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Risks and Warnings for Cancidas (caspofungin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Prior severe allergic reaction to Cancidas (caspofungin) or any of its individual drug components.

    Cancidas (caspofungin) can cause severe allergic reactions (severe rash, trouble breathing) including swelling around your face and mouth which can cause trouble breathing. Tell the person who's giving you Cancidas (caspofungin) right away if this happens.

Common concerns from people taking Cancidas (caspofungin)

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Interactions
  • Cancidas (caspofungin) can interact with different medications which can be dangerous. Before you start Cancidas (caspofungin), always let your doctor and pharmacist know all of the medications you’re taking including over the counter medications and herbal supplements.
  • Cancidas (caspofungin) interacts with transplant medications, like cyclosporine and tacrolimus. Watch out for side effects associated with cyclosporine and tacrolimus.
Kidneys and liver
  • Cancidas (caspofungin) can damage your liver. If you already have liver damage or hepatitis, Cancidas (caspofungin) can make it worse. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your liver regularly. If you notice yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, or abdominal pain, talk to your doctor right away.
  • Cancidas (caspofungin) therapy can damage the liver. Consider lowering the dose in patients with liver disease.