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Ecother XL Tablet

Prescription Required
Storage
Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Introduction

Ecother XL Tablet is used for the treatment of malaria in both children and adults. It contains two medicines both of which belong to a group of medicines called antimalarials. However, it is not used to prevent malaria or to treat severe/complicated malaria (when the brain, lungs, or kidneys are affected).

Ecother XL Tablet works by killing the malaria-causing parasites thereby preventing further spread of the infection. It should be taken with food as this will help your body better absorb the medicine. Take it in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not take more than the recommended dose, as this may have harmful effects on your body. Complete the full course of treatment to make sure the infection is treated completely.
Headache, loss of appetite, weakness, joint pain, or muscle pain are some of the common side effects associated with this medicine. You may also feel dizzy after taking this medicine. Inform your doctor if these persist or worsen. 
Before taking this medicine, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines that you may be taking for any other health conditions. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take this medicine unless prescribed by the doctor, as it may be harmful for your baby.

Uses of Ecother XL Tablet

Benefits of Ecother XL Tablet

In Malaria

Malaria is an infection that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Ecother XL Tablet effectively treats malaria by killing the malarial parasites. However, it should not be used to prevent malaria and should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor. This medicine makes you feel better within a few days of treatment. But, if you have fever, chills, muscle pain, or headache soon after you finish your treatment, this could be a sign that you still are infected with malaria. Consult your doctor immediately if you notice any such symptoms.

Refrain from taking any other medicines or antacids along with this medicine (unless advised by the doctor) as they may affect the absorption of this medicine. Do not use this medicine for treating any other condition without consulting your doctor.

Side effects of Ecother XL Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Ecother XL

  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain

How to use Ecother XL Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Ecother XL Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Ecother XL Tablet works

Ecother XL Tablet is a combination of two antiparasitic medicines: Artemether and Lumefantrine, which treats malaria. These medicines work by increasing the levels of haeme in the blood, a substance toxic to the malarial parasite. This kills the parasite and stops the infection from spreading.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Ecother XL Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Ecother XL Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Ecother XL Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Ecother XL Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Ecother XL Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Ecother XL Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Ecother XL Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Ecother XL Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • You have been prescribed Ecother XL Tablet for the treatment of acute uncomplicated malaria that is resistant to other antimalarial medications such as chloroquine.
  • Tips to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes:
    • Wear light-coloured and covered clothing when you are outside after sunset.
    • Use insect repellent creams or sprays on parts of your body not covered by clothing.
    • Spray to kill any mosquitoes that may have entered rooms in spite of screening.
  • Finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
  • It should be taken with food or drinks rich in fat such as milk.
  • It may cause fatigue and dizziness. Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration.
  • If you vomit within 1 hour of taking the tablets, take another dose. 
  • Inform your doctor if you have kidney, liver or heart disease.

Fact Box

Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI MALARIALS

Patient Concerns

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I have SHT in last 10 years.I already take somany medicine but I can't get a good results.In my heart rate around 160 range.I feel chest tightness little pain also.I can't walk properly.Because that time I feel heavy palpitation and I hearing my heart beat sound in my ears.In my blood pressure shows on 170/100.Now I took these medicines.1 TRIOLMEZEST 40 Once daily morning.2 CALAPTIN-SR 120 once daily night.But still I not better now.Doctor said me after one month i need a Holter Monitoring test.I have no other physical problems.Please give me a feedback
Dr. Nabajit Talukdar
Cardiology
Add minipress xl 7.5 mg twice dailyHow is renal function test
my doctor suggest me to take METXL T for hypertension but it is not available now , please suggest me any other substitute of this medicine
Dr. Pushkar Mani
Physician
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FAQs

Q. What should I know about the storage and disposal of Ecother XL Tablet?

It is advised to keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed. It should be kept out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.

Q. Can I take Ecother XL Tablet while I am pregnant?

No, Ecother XL Tablet is considered to be harmful for women in their first trimester of pregnancy. The reason being, it increases the chances of fetal loss.

Q. How to take Ecother XL Tablet?

Take Ecother XL Tablet with food, exactly as prescribed by your doctor. This medicine is usually taken twice a day with a meal for 3 days, or as directed. On your first day of treatment, take your first dose with food, followed by your second dose 8 hours later. Then for the next 2 days, take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening. Patients should be encouraged to resume normal eating as soon as food can be tolerated, since this improves the absorption of the medicine.

Q. Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Ecother XL Tablet?

The use of Ecother XL Tablet is considered to be harmful for patients with a known hypersensitivity to any of the active or inactive ingredients of the medicine. Caution is advised in patients with cases of severe malaria and in the first trimester of pregnancy.

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References

  1. Artemether+Lumefantrine. Camberley Surrey: Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd.; 1999 [revised 31 May 2017]. [Accessed 10 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Artemether/lumefantrine. East Hanover, New Jersey: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; 2009. [Accessed 10 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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Expires on or after: March, 2021

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