|Artemether is used together with a compound called lumefantrine to treat malaria in both adults and children. The two ingredients are known by the common name anti-malarias. Artemether is resistant to strains of Falciparum malaria. |
The compound is considered to be one of the most essential drugs by the World Health Organization. The compound directly kills the malaria found in red blood cells and in some cases it has been used in combination with other drugs to kill parasites of malaria living in the liver.
In some cases, patients are given treatments to eliminate the malaria parasite in the liver and red blood cells. Artemether is also used to prevent malaria. Many countries require that their citizens use artemether when travelling to countries that are prone to malarial infections.
Given the fact that malarial strains keep changing, it is important that you discuss the most recent information with your doctor before starting treatment with artemether.
How to use artemether
It is important that you read the drugs leaflet before taking the drug. You can also ask for help from your pharmacist each time you want to use the drug. Artemether drugs are mainly in the form of tablets which means that you`ll be required to take it orally.
Normally, the drug is taken thrice a day or as prescribed by the doctor. It is also important that you take the drug after eating because it just doesn’t work on an empty stomach or you may have severe side effects like fainting. If you are unable to eat, it is advisable that you tell your doctor.
Artemether can be used on both children and adults. In case a child cannot swallow a whole tablet, it can be crushed and mixed with one teaspoon of water. It is advised that you do not crush the tablet before the time is due. The dose administered basically depends on your weight and medical condition.
Side effects of artemether
In many cases, patients experience dizziness, headaches, loss of appetite, fever, weakness, insomnia, vomiting and in other cases abdominal pain.
It is important that you inform your doctor immediately if these side effects persist after stopping the medication. If you experience severe dizziness, fainting or chest pains, seek immediate medical attention.
Allergic reactions to this drug are very rare; however, it is advised that inform your doctor in case you are allergic to artemether.