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Artesunate

INFORMATION

Uses

Artesunate is used in the treatment of malaria.

How it works

Artesunate belongs to class of medications called anti-malarial. It acts by producing free radicals which kills the malarial parasite (Plasmodium).

Common side effects

Abnormal blood cell count, Abnormal liver function tests, Anemia, Bradycardia, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Gastrointestinal disturbance, Altered heart rate, Feeling of discomfort, Stomach pain, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue the artesunate tablets and consult your doctor If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to artesunate.
  • Do not start or continue the artesunate tablets and consult your doctor you are in first 3 months of pregnancy  or If you are breast feeding.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking artesunate because you may feel sleepy.

Frequently asked questions

Artesunate

Q.Is artesunate banned in India?
No, it is available in India with doctor's prescription only

Q.What is artesunate amodiaquine/ Winthrop/artesunate injection?
These are trade names of artesunate containing products. It is used for the treatment of malaria. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Why is artesunate better than quinine?
Intramuscular or intravenous injection of artesunate has shown better treatment effects than quinine. Always consult your doctor regarding its use

Q.Does artesunate contain sulphur?
No, it does not contain sulphur

Q.How does artesunate work?
It acts by producing free radicals which kills the malarial parasite (Plasmodium)

Q.Where does artesunate come from?
It is derived from Artemisinin tree.


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