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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using daptomycin (Cubicin)?
You should not use daptomycin if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely use daptomycin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category B. Daptomycin is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether daptomycin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use daptomycin (Cubicin)?
Daptomycin is injected into a vein through an IV. 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.
Daptomycin is usually given every 24 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Daptomycin is a powder medicine that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication.
Gently swirl but do not shake the medication bottle when mixing or you may ruin the medicine. Prepare your dose in a syringe only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Each single use vial (bottle) of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.
Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Daptomycin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using daptomycin.
After mixing daptomycin with a diluent, store in the refrigerator and use it within 48 hours. Do not freeze.
Mixed medicine must be used within 12 hours if you keep it at room temperature.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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