Products Of Artesunate
The injection of artesunate is used to treat severe malaria. This medicine is also used in the treatment of severe malaria caused by Plasmodium ovale or Plasmodium vivax in conjunction with other medications (for example, 8-aminoquinoline medicine).
Artesunate belongs to the class of drugs known as antimalarials. It is used to treat malaria, a red blood cell infection spread by mosquito bites. This medication, however, is not used to prevent malaria.
This medication should only be administered by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.
Prior to Use
When deciding whether to use a medicine, the risks must be balanced against the benefits. You and your doctor will make this decision. The following factors should be considered when using this medication:
Inform your doctor if you have ever experienced an unusual or allergic reaction to this or any other medications. Inform your doctor if you have any other allergies, such as those to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. When purchasing non-prescription products, carefully read the label or package ingredients.
Appropriate studies have not revealed any pediatric-specific issues that would limit the usefulness of artesunate injection in children.
Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of artesunate injection in the elderly have not been conducted.
There have been no adequate studies in women to determine infant risk when this medication is used while breastfeeding. Before taking this medication while breastfeeding, weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks.
Although certain medicines should never be used together, two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction occurs. In these cases, your doctor may want to adjust the dose or take other precautions.
It is especially important that your healthcare professional knows if you are taking any of the medications listed below when you receive this medicine. The interactions listed below were chosen for their potential significance and are not meant to be exhaustive.
Combining this medication with any of the following medications is usually not advised, but may be necessary in some cases. If both medications are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or frequency with which you take one or both of them. – Carbomazepine
Interactions with Others
Certain medicines should not be taken at or near the time of eating food, or when eating specific types of food, because interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco while taking certain medications may also result in interactions. Discuss with your doctor the use of your medication with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Issues
Other medical problems may interfere with the use of this medication. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have any other medical issues, particularly:
Use with caution if you have liver disease. These conditions may deteriorate.
In a medical facility, you will be given this medication by a nurse or another trained health professional. It is administered via a needle inserted into one of your veins. It must be administered slowly, so the needle must remain in place for 1 to 2 minutes.
Your doctor will administer a few doses of this medication until your condition improves, at which point you will be switched to an oral medication that works in the same way. If you have any questions, consult your doctor.
It is critical that your doctor monitors your or your child’s progress on a regular basis to ensure that this medication is working properly. Blood tests may be required for 4 weeks following treatment with this medicine to check for side effects (eg, delayed hemolysis).
Following treatment with this medication, you may experience blood problems (for example, hemolytic anaemia). If you or your child experience back, leg, or stomach pains, bleeding gums, chills, dark urine, difficulty breathing, fever, general body swelling, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, nosebleeds, pale skin, sore throat, unusual tiredness or weakness, or yellow eyes or skin, consult your doctor right away.
This medication may cause a severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. If you or your child experience blurred vision, chest tightness, confusion, cough, dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when rising suddenly from a lying or sitting position, hoarseness, redness of the skin, skin rash, itching, hives or welts, sweating, swelling of your hands, face, or mouth, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or unusual tiredness or weakness after receiving this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.
Other medications should not be taken unless they have been discussed with your doctor. Prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medications, as well as herbal and vitamin supplements, are included.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
More frequently used
Clay-colored stool agitation coma
depression caused by dark urine decreased urine output
nausea or vomiting rapid weight gain dizziness fever headache loss of appetite muscle twitching
rash or itching on the skin stomach pain stupor swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
unusual tiredness or weakness unusual breath odour
blood vomiting yellow eyes or skin
The incidence is unknown.
Pains in the back, legs, or stomach
vision blurred due to bloating
tightness in the chest
constipation cough dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when suddenly rising from a lying or sitting position rapid heartbeat
Swelling throughout the body
welts or hives
Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue pale skin redness of the skin sore throat sweating difficulty breathing or swallowing
Other side effects that have not been listed may occur in some patients. Check with your doctor if you notice any other side effects.