micafungin (generic name)

Mycamine (brand name)

It is used to treat or prevent certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections
(MYE ka FUN jin)
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What is this medicine?

MICAFUNGIN (MYE ka FUN jin) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat or prevent certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • cancer
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to micafungin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 months for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • nifedipine
  • sirolimus

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

If you are taking this medicine to treat an infection, tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. During your treatment, your progress will be monitored.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • abdominal pain
  • agitation
  • allergic reactions like skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
  • breathing problems
  • confusion
  • fever or infection
  • redness, pain at the site of injection
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach upset
  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: June 25, 2013
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