artemether and lumefantrine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to artemether or lumefantrine.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
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.
This medication can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking artemether and lumefantrine.
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 this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take artemether and lumefantrine with food, milk, 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 pudding 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:
In addition to taking artemether and lumefantrine, use protective clothing, insect repellents, and mosquito netting around your bed to further prevent mosquito bites that could cause malaria.
No medication is 100% effective in treating or preventing malaria. For best results, keep using the medication as directed.
Store artemether and lumefantrine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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