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Artesunate

Generic name: artesunate [ar-TES-u-nate]
Dosage format: intravenous powder for injection (110 mg)
The class of drug: miscellaneous antimalarials

What is Artesunate?

Artesunate can be used to treat serious malaria in children and adults.Artesunate can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Artesunate

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face.

Artesunate may cause serious side effects. Contact your physician immediately if you experience:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin);
  • Yellowed, pale skin, dark-coloured urine;
  • Fever or weakness, confusion
  • Kidney issues: swelling, less urination, and feeling tired or exhausted.

Common adverse effects of artesunate could include:

  • Kidney problems;
  • Jaundice;
  • Urinary tests that are abnormal

This list does not constitute an exhaustive account of side effects.Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Warnings

Take only according to the directions. Talk to your doctor if you are taking other medicines or suffer from any other medical condition or allergies.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use artesunate if you have an allergy to it.Inform your doctor if you have had any issues with your kidneys.Inform your physician if you are expecting. The risk of malaria being a factor is higher and can trigger serious illnesses or even death in pregnant women. Having malaria during pregnancy could increase the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage, premature birth, or a low birth weight.If you're pregnant, then your name might be included on the registry for pregnancy to monitor the effects of ART on the infant.Consult a physician to determine whether it is safe to breastfeed while taking Artesunate.

How to take Artemisinate?

Artesunate can be injected into a vein by a healthcare doctor.You could be prescribed additional malaria medication during or following treatments with the artesunate.Artesunate injections are typically delivered every day until you are able to use malaria medication orally.Medical tests will be required for four weeks following the time the treatment is completed.

What happens if I miss the dose?

In a medical environment, you will not be prone to skipping an important dose.

What happens if I overdose?

In a medical environment, an overdose could be taken care of quickly.

What should be avoided?

Follow the instructions of your physician regarding restrictions on drinks, food, or any activity.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs can also affect Artesunate. These include medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Discuss with your physician all the medications you currently use as well as any medications you are about to start or stop taking.