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Pyrimethamine

INFORMATION

Uses

Pyrimethamine is used in the treatment of malaria.

How it works

Pyrimethamine belongs to a group of medicines called antiprotozoals. It is an antiparasitic and works by killing the parasites or preventing their growth in the blood stream.

Common side effects

Abnormal bruising, Abnormal skin pigmentation, Anemia, Change in blood test results, Dizziness, Headache, Vomiting, Weakness, Diarrhoea, Nausea

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Expert advice

  • Pyrimethamine when given with sulphonamide, it should be given with folic acid (vitamin) supplement.
  • Do not use pyrimethamine if you are allergic to pyrimethamine or any other ingredient.
  • Do not take pyrimethamine if you have megaloblastic anemia due to folate deficiency.
  • Do not take pyrimethamine if you have kidney or liver problems; fits (seizures); depression; bone marrow problems; stomach or bowel problems (eg, malabsorption syndrome); phenylketonuria, or alcoholism.

Frequently asked questions

Pyrimethamine

Q.What is pyrimethamine is used for?
Pyrimethamine is used to treat toxoplasmosis and treat or prevent malaria infections along with other medicines

Q.How does pyrimethamine work?
Pyrimethamine is an antiparasitic and works by killing the parasites or preventing their growth in the blood stream.


Content on this page was last updated on 17 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)