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Halofantrine-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?

Halofantrine is used to treat malaria.

How do I take this medicine?

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

Take Halofantrine at regular intervals as instructed. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course unless otherwise directed.

Take Halofantrine on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. It is important that you take it on an empty stomach as this will help minimise the side effects of Halofantrine. Try to take it at the same time each day.

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 have heart problems, a family history of heart problems, sudden fainting episodes, vitamin B1 deficiency or any other medical conditions.

Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Halofantrine.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

In addition to taking Halofantrine, 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?

Halofantrine may cause headache, diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, rashes or itchy skin.

Alert your doctor immediately if you experience fast or irregular heartbeat.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:

- heart medicines, especially those used to control irregular heartbeat, such as amiodarone, disopyramide, flecainide, procainamide, quinidine and sotalol
- other antimalarial medicines such as chloroquine, mefloquine, quinine
- cisapride, astemizole, terfenadine
- diuretics (medications used to reduce excess water in body)
- antidepressants and mood medicines

Always 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 food with high fat content for 24 hours after taking Halofantrine, as this may increase the absorption of Halofantrine and result in increased risk of side effects.

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 Halofantrine-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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