Cancidas

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    Brand Name:Cancidas
    Generic:Caspofungin
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2001-01-29 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Merck & Co., Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Intravenous Injections
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2004/21227s012lbl.pdf

About Cancidas

Cancidas is used for:

  • presumed fungal infections in patients who have a fever and neutropenia (low neutrophils in blood)
  • Candida fungal infections of the blood (candidemia), intra-abdominal abscesses, peritonitis, and pleural space infections.It has not been studied in endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and meningitis due to Candida.
  • esophageal Candidiasis
  • possibly fatal fungal infections (invasive aspergillosis) in adults who are unsuccessful with or cannot tolerate standard treatments such as amphotericin B, lipid formulations of amphotericin B, and/or itraconazole. Cancidas was not studied as an initial treatment for invasive aspergillosis.

Precautions for Cancidas

Because the use of Cancidas with cyclosporin may temporarily increase liver enzymes, this combination should only be used when the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Side Effects of Cancidas

Cancidas and other medicines like it can cause a serious allergic reaction. Signs of a serious allergic reaction are:

  • sudden problems breathing
  • swelling of your lips or tongue
  • sudden cough
  • hives
  • rash

Other side effects include:

  • fever
  • injection site reactions
  • nausea
  • flushing
  • vomiting

For more detailed information about Cancidas, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.

Who Should Not Take Cancidas

You should not be treated with Cancidas if you are allergic to Cancidas or to any of the ingredients in Cancidas.

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