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Artesunate Tablet

What is Artesunate?

Artesunate Tablet is used for Chloroquine resistant malaria, Severe quinine resistant malaria and other conditions. Artesunate Tablet may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Artesunate Tablet contains Artesunate as an active ingredient.

Artesunate Tablet works by killing the malarial parasite.

Artesunate Tablet Uses

Artesunate Tablet is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:

    • Chloroquine resistant malaria
    • Severe quinine resistant malaria

Artesunate Tablet Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Artesunate Tablet improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:

    • Killing the malarial parasite.

Artesunate Tablet - Composition and Active Ingredients

Artesunate Tablet is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)

    • Artesunate - 50 MG

Artesunate Tablet - Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Artesunate Tablet. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Anorexia
    • Dizziness
    • Neutropenia
    • Anemia

Artesunate Tablet - Precautions & How to Use

Before using this drug, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.

    • Consult your doctor immediately if your symptoms do not improve, you are unable to eat, or you develop fainting, flu-like symptoms, or change in heartbeat
    • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery
    • Finish the entire course of treatment as prescribed
    • Inform your doctor if you have existing medical problems including heart problems or HIV
    • Inform your doctor of all your other medications
    • Take with food

Artesunate Tablet - Drug Interactions

If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Artesunate Tablet may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Artesunate Tablet may interact with the following drugs and products:

    • Chloroquine
    • HIV drugs
    • Mefloquine
    • Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
    • Primaquine
    • Protease inhibitors

Artesunate Tablet - Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Artesunate Tablet is a contraindication. In addition, Artesunate Tablet should not be used if you have the following conditions:

  • Breastfeeding
  • First 3 months of pregnancy
  • Hypersensitive

Artesunate Tablet - Frequently asked Questions

Is Artesunate Tablet safe while breastfeeding?

No

Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Artesunate Tablet medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Artesunate Tablet. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.

Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?

Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.

Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?

Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

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