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Brand Names: Mycamine

Generic Name: micafungin (Pronunciation: MYE ka FUN jen)

What is micafungin (Mycamine)?

Micafungin is an antifungal antibiotic that fights infections caused by fungus.

Micafungin is used to treat infections caused by the Candida fungus. Micafungin is also used to prevent Candida fungal infections in stem cell transplant patients.

Micafungin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of micafungin (Mycamine)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pale skin, dark colored urine, confusion or weakness;
  • upper stomach pain, itching, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • mild nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
  • diarrhea, constipation, indigestion;
  • headache;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • mild itching or skin rash; or
  • pain, swelling, or tenderness where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about micafungin (Mycamine)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to micafungin or similar medicines such as caspofungin (Cancidas) or anidulafungin (Eraxis).

Before using micafungin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, if you have liver or kidney disease, or if you are also using sirolimus (Rapamune), itraconazole (Sporanox), or nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia).

Micafungin 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.

You may need to receive this medication for several weeks.

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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