Atovaquone - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Atovaquone is used to treat pneumonia, a lung infection caused by the bacteria Pnuemocystis jiroveci.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Atovaquone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine with food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Atovaquone must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have stomach disease or liver disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What side effects could I experience?
Atovaquone may cause any of the following side effects: headache, difficulty sleeping, skin rash, itching, excessive sweating, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weakness, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, inflammation of the sinuses, and fever.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines used to treat TB (lung infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. rifampicin, rifabutin
- other antibiotics e.g. tetracycline, co-trimoxazole
- medicines used to treat epilepsy (fits) e.g. phenytoin
- HIV medicines e.g. efavirenz, ritonavir, zidovudine
- metoclopramide (medicine for stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Atovaquone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on atovaquone - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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