Drug ID: 3d00000042
Drug Name: Caspofungin
Generic Names: Cancidas (50mg)
Legal Status: Non Opioid Prescription only drug
Indication for Mother: Category C :
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Recommended Dose: Adult- The usual dose is 50 mg once daily.
Child- A single 70-mg/m² loading dose should be administered on Day 1, followed by 50 mg/m² once daily thereafter.
Recommended In: This medication is an antifungal drug, prescribed for serious fungal infections. It stops the fungal growth.
Directions For Use: It comes as a powder (diluted with solution) for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
Storage: Store it in refrigerator (2-8°C). Do not freeze it.
Dosage Forms: Reconstituted vials for Intravenous injection
Side Effects: Heart - Rapid heart rate.
Gastrointestinal - Nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting.
General - Chills, inflammation, swelling and fever.
Central Nervous System - Headache.
Respiratory - Cough and shortness of breath.
Skin - Rash.
In Case of Overdose: The minimum lethal dose of caspofungin in rats was 50 mg/kg, a dose which is equivalent to 10 times the recommended daily dose based on relative body surface area comparison. So chances of overdose are very less.
Avoid If: Caution should be exercised in patients with history of allergy, during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Drug Interaction: Some products that may interact with this drug include: carbamazepine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, certain HIV medications (efavirenz, nevirapine), phenytoin, rifampin, tacrolimus.