artemether and lumefantrine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to artemether or lumefantrine.
Many drugs can interact with artemether and lumefantrine and some should not be used at the same time. Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
To make sure artemether and lumefantrine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether artemether and lumefantrine is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Use a barrier form of birth control (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide). Hormonal contraception (such as birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings) may not be effective enough to prevent pregnancy during your treatment.
It is not known whether artemether and lumefantrine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Artemether and lumefantrine should not be given to a child who weighs less than 11 pounds.
How should I take artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take artemether and lumefantrine with food, milk, pudding, oatmeal, or broth. The tablet may be crushed and mixed with 1 or 2 teaspoons of water for easier swallowing. You may also mix a crushed tablet with infant formula when giving this medication to a child. Start eating normally as soon as possible to help your body better absorb the medication.
If you vomit within 1 to 2 hours after taking this medication, take another dose. If your vomiting continues or you cannot eat, call your doctor.
Artemether and lumefantrine is usually given as a total of 6 doses over a period of 3 days. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about how many tablets to take per dose. Artemether and lumefantrine doses are based on weight and age. The usual doses are as follows, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
For people over 16 years old who weigh at least 77 pounds:
For children younger than 16 years old who weigh between 55 and 77 pounds:
For children younger than 16 years old who weigh between 33 and 55 pounds:
For children younger than 16 years old who weigh between 11 and 33 pounds:
No medication is 100% effective in treating malaria. For best results, keep using the medication as directed.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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