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Artemether and Lumefantrine

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Coartem®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antimalarial Agent

    Uses
    • It is used to treat malaria.
    • Artemether and lumefantrine work to harm the parasite and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Take this drug with food.
    • You may crush tablet and mix with 1 or 2 teaspoons of water.
    • If you throw up within 1 hour of taking this drug, take 1 more dose.
    • If you throw up again after taking the second dose, call your doctor.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to artemether, lumefantrine, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Fast or slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker, low magnesium levels, or low potassium levels.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • If you have a fast heartbeat or are taking drugs to control your heartbeat, talk with doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have a family history of heart disease, talk with doctor.
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to stop pregnancy. Use some other form of birth control while taking this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Chills.
    • Fever.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Not hungry.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Muscle pain.
    • Joint pain.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure or fast heartbeat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Flu-like signs.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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