Micafungin Sodium


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Micafungin Sodium (marketed as Mycamine)

This is a summary of the most important information about Mycamine. For details, talk to your healthcare professional.

What Is Mycamine?

Mycamine is a prescription medicine that is injected into the vein. It is used in adults to:

* treat a fungus infection in the tube that connects the mouth and stomach (esophagus) called “esophageal candidiasis”.
* prevent fungal infections caused by Candida in patients who are undergoing a stem cell transplant.

Mycamine has not been studied to treat other types of fungus infections.

Mycamine has not been studied in children.

Who Should Not Use Mycamine?

Do not use Mycamine if you are allergic to Mycamine or any ingredients in Mycamine.

What Are The Risks?

Mycamine can cause serious side effects such as:

· Serious allergic reactions. These serious and life-threatening allergic reactions, including shock, may happen while you are receiving Mycamine. You will get emergency medical treatment if this happens.

· Liver problems. Serious liver problems include liver inflammation or worsening of liver failure. Mycamine may cause abnormal liver function tests. Your healthcare professional should watch you closely for worsening liver function.

· Kidney problems. Mycamine may cause kidney problems, kidney failure, and abnormal kidney function tests. Your healthcare professional should watch you closely for worsening kidney function.

· Blood problems. Mycamine may cause problems with red blood cells called hemolysis or hemolytic anemia. Your healthcare professional should watch you closely for worsening blood disorder.

· Common side effects include rash, mental confusion, itching, facial swelling, and relaxing of blood vessels (vasodilation). Mycamine may also cause injection site reactions such as inflammation of the veins.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Professional?

Before you start using Mycamine, tell your healthcare professional if you:

* have or had liver disease
* have or had kidney disease
* are breast-feeding
* are pregnant or planning to become pregnant

Are There Any Interactions With Drugs Or Foods?

Mycamine and other medicines may interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially, tell your healthcare professional if you take:

* sirolimus (Rapamune)
* nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat CC)

The doses of these medicines may need to be reduced while you are receiving Mycamine.

How Do I Receive Mycamine?

· Mycamine is given by I.V. infusion through a vein.


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