Artemether/Lumefantrine (By mouth)
Antimalarial (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Artemether and lumefantrine combination is used to treat acute, uncomplicated malaria in patients who weigh at least 5 kilograms (11 pounds). It may be used to treat malaria infections in areas or regions where it is known that other medicines (e.g., chloroquine) may not work.
Artemether and lumefantrine combination belongs to a group of medicines known as antimalarials. It treats malaria, a red blood cell infection transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. However, this medicine is not used to prevent malaria or to treat severe or complicated malaria.
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.
Take this medicine with food, such as milk, pudding, or broth. Even if you do not feel hungry, try to eat because food helps your body absorb the medicine.
You may crush the tablet if you have trouble swallowing it. Mix the crushed tablet with 1 or 2 teaspoons of water in a clean container. After you swallow the mixture, rinse the container with a bit more water and swallow that also. Follow with milk, pudding, or broth.
If you vomit within 2 hours of taking this medicine, take another dose. If you vomit the second dose, tell your doctor right away. You may need a different medicine to treat your condition.
Take all of the medicine in your prescription to clear up your infection, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
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.
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 artemether/lumefantrine works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Antibiotics Birth control pills or patches Depression medicine, such as amitriptyline, clomipramine, imipramine HIV or AIDS medicine, such as efavirenz, lopinavir, ritonavir Medicine to treat a fungal infection, such as ketoconazole Medicine to treat heart rhythm problems, such as amiodarone, disopyramide, flecainide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol Medicine to treat mental illness, such as pimozide, ziprasidone
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to artemether or lumefantrine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, severe heart disease, slow heartbeat (bradycardia), a history of heart rhythm problems (such as prolonged QT interval, congenital long QT interval), or low potassium or magnesium levels.
Birth control pills or patches may not work as well while you are using this medicine. Use a second form of birth control with your pills or patches.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
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:
Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat or pulse
Lightheadedness or fainting
Unusual bleeding or bruising
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Tiredness or weakness
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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