Atovaquone (By mouth)
Treats and prevents pneumonia.
Antiprotozoal (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Atovaquone is used to prevent and treat Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) in adults and children 13 years of age and older who cannot tolerate other medicines, such as trimethoprim–sulfamethoxazole. PCP is a very serious type of pneumonia which occurs usually in patients with poor immune systems, (such as cancer, AIDS, and organ transplanted patients).
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
This medicine should be taken with food to help your body absorb it. Tell your doctor if you are not able to do this.
Oral liquid:Foil pouch: Put the contents directly in your mouth or use a dosing spoon or cup. Use 1 pouch for a 5-milliliter (mL) dose. Use 2 pouches for a 10-mL dose. Bottle: Shake the bottle gently before each use.Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
Take all of the medicine in your prescription to clear up your infection, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how atovaquone works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Indinavir Rifabutin Rifampin Tetracycline
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to atovaquone.
Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Runny or stuffy nose
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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