Mycamine

Generic Name: Micafungin (MYE-ka-FUN-jin)Brand Name: Mycamine

Mycamine is used for:

Treating certain fungal infections. It is also used to prevent fungal infections in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation.

Mycamine is an antifungal agent. It works by interfering with the formation of the cell wall of the fungus, which results in the death of the fungus.

Do NOT use Mycamine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Mycamine or to any similar medicines (eg, caspofungin)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Mycamine :

Some medical conditions may interact with Mycamine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver or kidney problems, HIV or a weakened immune system, or cancer

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Mycamine . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Itraconazole, nifedipine, or sirolimus because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Mycamine

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Mycamine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Mycamine :

Use Mycamine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Mycamine is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Mycamine at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Mycamine . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Mycamine if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Mycamine , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Mycamine .

Important safety information:

  • Mycamine may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Mycamine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Diabetes patients - Mycamine may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Mycamine . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Mycamine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Mycamine while you are pregnant. It is not known if Mycamine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Mycamine , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Mycamine :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Back pain; constipation; cough; diarrhea; fatigue; headache; indigestion; loss of appetite; mild nosebleed; nausea; sore mouth; stomach pain; trouble sleeping; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anxiety; blood in the urine; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; muscle pain or cramps; redness, tenderness, pain, or swelling near the injection site; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, flushing, increased thirst or urination, rapid breathing, unusual drowsiness); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Mycamine :

Mycamine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Mycamine at home, store Mycamine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Mycamine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Mycamine , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Mycamine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Mycamine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Mycamine Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Mycamine Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Mycamine Consumer Overview