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Artesunate - 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?

Artesunate is used together with other medicines to treat malaria. Malaria is a serious infection that is spread by mosquitoes.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Artesunate 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 Artesunate 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.

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 ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to Artesunate as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • heart disease
  • porphyria (an inherited disorder that may cause skin or nervous system abnormalities).
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

In addition to taking Artesunate, 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).

What side effects could I experience?

Artesunate may make you feel dizzy. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and rash.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
  • breathlessness, severe rash, swelling of the face, lips, or mouth
  • irregular heartbeat
  • tremor, lack of coordination, slurred speech, anxiety, overresponsive reflexes, restlessness
  • frequent and persistent sore throat with 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 for heart disease e.g. amiodarone
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. efavirenz, nevirapine
  • medicines for skin disorders e.g. dapsone
  • other medicines for malaria e.g. lumefantrine, artemether
  • medicines for depression or mood disorders e.g. desipramine, trancylpromine, fluphenazine, chlorpromazine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Artesunate.

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.

Avoid high-fat meals while taking this medication.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Protect from light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Artesunate - 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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