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Coartem Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- What are the possible side effects of artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- What is the most important information I should know about artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- How should I take artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Coartem)?
- What happens if I overdose (Coartem)?
- What should I avoid while taking artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- What other drugs will affect artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Coartem)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Coartem)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
Avoid taking other anti-malaria medications while you are taking artemether and lumefantrine, unless your doctor has told you to.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with artemether and lumefantrine and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect artemether and lumefantrine (Coartem)?
Many drugs can interact with artemether and lumefantrine. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- an antibiotic such as azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax, Z-Pack), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), or pentamidine (NebuPent, Pentam);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptylline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), citalopram (Celexa), clomipramine (Anafranil), or nefazodone;
- antifungal medication such as itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), miconazole (Oravig), or voriconazole (Vfend);
- cold or allergy medicine that contains an antihistamine;
- heart rhythm medicine such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), disopyramide (Norpace), propafenone (Rythmol), quinidine (Quin-G), and others;
- the hepatitis C medications boceprevir (Victrelis) or telaprevir (Incivek);
- medications to treat high blood pressure or high cholesterol;
- medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting such as dolasetron (Anzemet) or ondansetron (Zofran);
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), clozapine (FazaClo, Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), and others;
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection;
- migraine headache medicine such as sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet) or zolmitriptan (Zomig); or
- narcotic medication such as methadone (Methadose, Diskets, Dolophine).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with artemether and lumefantrine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about artemether and lumefantrine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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