is an anti-fungal drug that can effectively treat different types of fungal infection
. This drug can be administered intravenously.
Caspofungin is a drug distributed around the world by Merck & Co., Inc. through the brand name Cancidas
. It is primarily used to patients suffering from fungal infection. Aside from treating fungal infections, it also helps the body to combat the effects of the infection.
Caspofungin comes in 50mg and 70mg dosage form. The recommended initial dose is 70mg. After the initial dose, a 50mg dose must be given daily. If there are no signs of improvements, the dose can be increased to 70mg or depends on the doctor’s advice. Usually the infusion takes about an hour to complete.
The most common duration for the treatment to complete is around 34 days. Some patients were reportedly healed just for a day of treatment. While others are treated quickly, some patients took around 162 days or more before totally healed.
The period of treatment is usually based on the patient’s ability to respond to the drugs.
Some patients may or may not experience any side effects due to medication with Caspofungin. Some of the most common side effects that might occur include swelling
, muscle pain
and redness or swelling at the area of injection. Some patients may notice a change in their skin color.
There are also rare cases of side effects that other patients may experience such as high fever
, dry mouth
, back pain, muscle pain, blood
in urine, nausea
, difficulty in breathing, decreased urine and sudden increase in blood pressure.
Some of the side effects may not be serious but it is still best to inform your doctor if any of the side effects occur.
Before deciding to undergo medication using certain medicines it is very important to weigh the benefits against the risks involved. This is a crucial decision that you and your doctor must discuss and decide. Do not attempt to take Caspofungin without consulting your doctor. Caspofungin may cause allergic reactions
so it is best to visit a doctor and undergo tests to determine if you have any allergies
to the drug.
It is also helpful to tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems. Pregnant women, breast
feeding mothers or those who are planning to get pregnant must consult the doctor prior to medication. This is to avoid the risks of birth defects due to the use of Caspofungin.
Some medicines may interact when used together with Caspofungin. Some of the medicines known to have reactions with Caspofungin include Cyclosporine
. You must tell your doctors any medicines you are taking to avoid the risk of serious health problems.
You must regularly visit your doctor as advised in order to monitor the progress of your treatment so necessary adjustments can be done to your dosage.
Since this drug is administered through intrusion, only certified medical professionals or doctors should administer the drug. This drug is also administered in a hospital setting.
Caspofungin has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of caspofungin is C52H88N10O15
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[(4R,5S)-5-[(2-aminoethyl)amino] - N2-(10,12-dimethyl-1-oxotetradecyl)-4-hydroxy-L-ornithine]-5- [(3R) -3-hydroxy-L-ornithine] pneumocandin B0
• Molecular weight is 1093.31 g/mol
• Caspofungin available : 50mg tablets and 70mg tablets