Micafungin review

Micafungin is a type of antifungal antibiotic. It is used in the treatment of various infections resulting from the Candida fungus.

Micafungin is prescribed to individuals who have acute disseminated candidiasis, abscesses, candida peritonitis, and esophageal candidiasisis. It is also prescribed to patients having candida infections and who are undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Micafungin is known under the brand name Micamine.

Micafungin is administered intravenously. Usually, adults who have esophageal candidiasis are given 150 mg of micafungin for 15 days and it could go as long as 30 days. Those who have fungal infections are intravenously infused with 50 mg of this medication once a day for 6-19 days. Those who have candidemia on the other hand are given 100 mg intravenously infused for 15-47 days.

A doctor, nurse and any other certified health care provider usually gives this injection although patients may be taught on how to use this medication at home. Patients should never administer this medication unless they fully understand how to administer this drug and properly dispose the needles and other items utilized with this medicine.

Patients need to mix this drug with a diluent before using this drug. This should be administered slowly, with each injection usually taking an hour to finish. This medicine should not be mixed with any other drugs through one IV line.

This medication is given once a day. Patients may have to receive micafungin for several weeks to get its full benefit.

The medicine bottle should never be shaken since this can damage the drug. Likewise this drug should not be used if the color has changed or if there are any particles on it.

Those who use this medication at home should keep micafungin at room temperature and away from heat, light, and moisture.

Patients should immediately call their doctors for medical help if they experience sighs of allergic reaction to micafungin such as hives, difficulty in breathing, swollen face, tongue and lips.

Some of the more serious side effects of this medication are pale skin, weakness, dark colored urine, pain in the stomach, itching, fever, body aches, flu-like symptoms, unexplained bleeding, and infrequent urination. Patients may also experience mood swings, increased thirst, nausea, lack of appetite, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, and leg discomfort.

Some of the less serious side effects of micafungin are diarrhea, indigestion, headache, difficulty in sleeping, mild nausea, vomiting, redness of the skin, and pain or tenderness in the area where the medicine was administered. Most of the time these side effects disappear as the body adjusts to the medication.

This medication may interact with other drugs like nifedipine, itraconazole, and sirolimus. Patients should also inform their doctors or pharmacists of any medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription, that they are using before agreeing to take micafungin.

Micafungin should never be administered to patients who are allergic to this medication. Patients should also tell their doctors of their medical history, especially if they have kidney and liver disease, before agreeing to use micafungin.

Micafungin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of micafungin

• Molecular formula of micafungin is C56H71N9O23S
Micafungin available : 50mg injection, 100mg injection and 200mg injection

Brand name(s): Mycamine

  Your Micafungin review