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Artemisinin-Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Artemisinin is used to treat malaria.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Artemisinin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take Artemisinin at regular intervals as directed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course unless otherwise directed. If you do not complete the course, the infection may not clear completely.

Take Artemisinin together with food or immediately after a meal.

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.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have heart, liver or kidney disease.

Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Artemisinin.

In addition to taking Artemisinin, you must also take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites. This will help prevent you from being re-infected with malaria. Use an effective insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce exposure. Avoid going out between dusk to dawn. Effective insect repellents should contain at least 20-33% diethyltoluamide (DEET).

The symptoms of malaria are fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and a flu-like illness. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms again, and anytime within 1 year after leaving the area, especially within 3 months of your return from an area known to have malaria.

What side effects could I experience?

Side effects with Artemisinin are generally not common but may include stomach discomfort, nausea, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and unusually slow heartbeat. Alert your doctor if these side effects are severe or if they do not go away.

Artemisinin may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Alert your doctor quickly if you develop any signs of allergy such as breathlessness, severe rash or swollen eyes.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Alert your doctor immediately if you are taking any of these medicines:

- heart medicines such as quinidine, disopyramide, procainamide
- antihistamines such as terfenadine, astemizole
- other medicines such as probucol, erythromycin

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.

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 Artemisinin-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 © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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