Description and Composition of Cartef
Cartef is a drug that contains artemether and lumefantrine as its active pharmaceutical ingredient. It is a combination medicine as it contains two drugs to make it more effective in dealing with malaria and less resistance to same. It comes as tablets, softgel capsules, powder for Suspension, and dispersible tablets.
Uses and indications of Cartef
Cartef is used to treat malaria (non severe one).
Dosage of Cartef
Its dose is body weight dependent.
The usual doses are as follow:
For people who weighs 35 kg and above
Take four (4) tablets of 20/120 mg as an initial dose.
Take 4 more tablets 8 hours later.
Then take 4 tablets in the morning and 4 tablets in the evening for the next 2 days.
The patient will take one (1) tablets instead of 4 if the strength is 80/480 mg
For children who weighs 25 kg to 35 kg
Take three (3) tablets as an initial dose.
Take 3 more tablets 8 hours later.
Then take 3 tablets in the morning and 3 tablets in the evening for the next 2 days.
For children who weighs 15 kg to 25 kg
Take two (2) tablets as an initial dose.
Take 2 more tablets 8 hours later.
For children who weighs 5 kg to 15 kg
Take one (1) tablets as an initial dose.
Take a second tablets 8 hours later.
Then take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablets in the evening for the next 2 days.
Artemether lumefantrine should not be given to a child who weighs less than 5 kg.
Side Effects of Cartef
Common side effects of Cartef may include:
Feeling weak or tired
pain in your muscle and joints
Loss of Appetite.
Some people can experience allergic reactions and it could be life threatening. If it occurs, stop your medication immediately and seek emergency medical help.
You may experience other side effects other than those listed above.
Can Cartef be used in Pregnancy and by Nursing Mothers
The safety of taking Cartef in pregnancy is not yet known. Hence, if you must take it, do that with caution. Meanwhile, no harm has equally been reported.
The same thing is applicable while breastfeeding.
What to do in cases of missed dose
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next scheduled dose.
Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
This write up is not a prescription, medical advice or a substitute of anything. You are therefore advised to strictly rely and adhere to your doctor’s prescription.
Remember not to take any other drugs without consulting your health care provider first.
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