Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Coartem (generic name: artemether and lumefantrine) is a drug used to treat non-severe malaria. The two active ingredients in Coartem are used individually to prevent parasite growth in the red blood cells of the human body.
Coartem is not used to prevent malaria.
A person taking medications for seizure or rifampin, and those who are taking St. John’s wort should inform a healthcare professional before undergoing treatment with Coartem.
People who have taken anti-malaria medication in the past month should also inform a healthcare professional before taking Coartem.
Common side effects after taking Coartem include:
A person experiencing the following side effects should seek immediate medical treatment:
Side effects of Coartem can affect the nervous, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory, immunologic, and genitourinary systems. It can also impact the bloodstream and skin, as well as metabolism. In particular, people who take Coartem also report psychiatric side effects such as sleep disorders and insomnia.
Fever is a common side effect after taking Coartem. There are natural food items available to reduce symptoms of a fever and ease discomfort during treatment.
Insomnia, one of the side effects of Coartem, can lead to impaired function the next day. Some of the things a person can do to manage the condition include:
Coartem is used to treat non-severe malaria.
Coartem may interact with drugs used for seizure or rifampin, St. John’s wort, and anti-malaria medication.
Coartem damages the nervous, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, respiratory, immunologic, and genitourinary systems.
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