CANCIDAS also known as Caspofungin  is an echinocandin anti-fungal drug indicated in adults and pediatric patients for ;

  1. Empirical therapy for presumed fungal infections in febrile, neutropenic patients.
  2. Treatment of candidemia and the following Candida infections: intraabdominal abscesses, peritonitis and pleural space infections.   Treatment of oesophageal candidiasis.
  3. Treatment of invasive aspergillosis in patients who are refractory to or intolerant of other therapies (e.g., amphotericin B, lipid formulations of amphotericin B, itraconazole)

Manufacturer: MSD

Additional Information

How is Cancidas given?
Cancidas (Caspofungin) is injected into a vein through an IV. Caspofungin must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take at least 1 hour to complete.

You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.

Caspofungin is usually given for at least 14 days. You may need to receive this medication until it has been at least 7 days after your symptoms disappear, or 14 days after lab tests show that the infection has cleared.

Before receiving caspofungin, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or if you have recently had a kidney, heart, or liver transplant.

You may be given other medications to treat your infection. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor’s advice.

Side Effects

  • Pain, swelling, or vein irritation around the IV needle;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • weakness, muscle cramps, pounding or uneven heart beats; or
  • nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Less serious side effects include:
  • vomiting, diarrhea;
  • mild skin rash or itching;
  • headache;
  • dizziness, feeling light-headed; or
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

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