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Artemether

INFORMATION

Uses

Artemether is used in the treatment of malaria.

How it works

Artemether belongs to class of medications called anti-malarial. It acts by killing the malarial parasite called Plasmodium falciparum.

Common side effects

Numbness, Difficulty in speaking, Dizziness, Difficulty in swalloing, Shortness of breath, Facial swelling, Lip swelling, Fainting, Headache, Hoarseness of voice, Insomnia, Muscle cramp, Loss of appetite, Skin rash, Itching, Tachycardia, Vomiting, Weakness, Fatigue

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Expert advice

  • Take artemether tablet with food or drink rich in fat such as milk.  
  • Crush or chew the tablet and swallow it with a glass of water in case of young children.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking artemether because you may feel sleep.
  • Do not take artemether if you have severe type of malaria infection.
  • Do not take artemether if you are if you are in first 3 months of pregnancy or breast feeding.

Frequently asked questions

Artemether

Q.What is artemether lumefantrine/artemether injection used for?
It is used for treating uncomplicated malaria. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.How effective is artemether?
Artemether is effective at prescribed dose for the particular disease condition as suggested by your doctor

Q.How does artemether lumefantrine work?
Artemether and lumefantrine together work by killing the malarial parasite called Plasmodium falciparum.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)