Cancidas

Generic name: caspofungin
Drug class: Echinocandins

Medically reviewed by  A Ras MD.

What is Cancidas?

Cancidas is a prescription medicine that is used to treat fungal infections.

Description

CANCIDAS is a sterile, lyophilized product for intravenous (IV) infusion that contains a semisynthetic lipopeptide (echinocandin) compound synthesized from a fermentation product of Glarea lozoyensis. CANCIDAS is an echinocandin antifungal that inhibits the synthesis of β (1,3)-D-glucan, an integral component of the fungal cell wall.

CANCIDAS (caspofungin acetate) 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 diacetate (salt). CANCIDAS 50 mg contains 50 mg of caspofungin equivalent to 55.5 mg of caspofungin acetate. CANCIDAS 50 mg also contains: 39 mg sucrose, 26 mg mannitol, 2 mg glacial acetic acid added as a buffering agent, and sodium hydroxide added as a pH adjuster ingredient. CANCIDAS 70 mg contains 70 mg of caspofungin equivalent to 77.7 mg of caspofungin acetate. CANCIDAS 70 mg also contains 54 mg sucrose, 36 mg mannitol, 2.7 mg glacial acetic acid added as a buffering agent, and sodium hydroxide added as a pH adjuster ingredient.

Caspofungin acetate is a hygroscopic, white to off-white powder. It is freely soluble in water and methanol, and slightly soluble in ethanol. The pH of a saturated aqueous solution of caspofungin acetate is approximately 6.6. The empirical formula is C52H88N10O15∙2C2H4Oand the formula weight is 1213.42. The structural formula is:

Chemical Structure

 

Before taking Cancidas, tell your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to this medicine (Cancidas); any part of this medicine (Cancidas); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (Cancidas) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cancidas?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (Cancidas). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Unsafe allergic effects may rarely happen.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine (Cancidas) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this medicine (Cancidas), call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is Cancidas best taken?

Use this medicine (Cancidas) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are the side effects of Cancidas that I need to call my doctor about immediately?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Signs of low magnesium levels like mood changes, muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps or spasms, seizures, shakiness, not hungry, very bad upset stomach or throwing up, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
  • Fast breathing.
  • Feeling of warmth.
  • Flushing.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Pain and irritation where this medicine (Cancidas) goes into the body.
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.

What are some other side effects of Cancidas?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Stomach pain or diarrhea.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If overdose is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Cancidas?

  • If you need to store this medicine (Cancidas) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Label

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 50 MG VIAL CARTON

  • NDC 0006-3822-10
  • Cancidas®
    (caspofungin acetate)
    For Injection
  • 50 mg*
  • FOR INTRAVENOUS USE ONLY
  • *Vial contains 50 mg caspofungin
    equivalent to 55.5 mg caspofungin
    acetate. Reconstitute with 10.8 mL
    of diluent to obtain a concentration
    of 5 mg/mL.
    Discard unused portion.
    Requires further dilution prior
    to infusion.
  • DO NOT USE DILUENTS
    CONTAINING DEXTROSE
    (α-D-glucose)
  • Single-Dose Vial
    Rx only
Principal Display Panel - 50 mg Vial Carton

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 70 MG VIAL CARTON

  • NDC 0006-3823-10
  • Cancidas®
    (caspofungin acetate)
    For Injection
  • 70 mg*
  • FOR INTRAVENOUS USE ONLY
  • *Vial contains 70 mg caspofungin
    equivalent to 77.7 mg caspofungin
    acetate. Reconstitute with 10.8 mL
    of diluent to obtain a concentration
    of 7 mg/mL.
    Discard unused portion.
    Requires further dilution prior
    to infusion.
  • DO NOT USE DILUENTS
    CONTAINING DEXTROSE
    (α-D-glucose)
  • Single-Dose Vial
    Rx only
  • Principal Display Panel - 70 mg Vial Carton

SRC: NLM .