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|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to atovaquone or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to treat a specific type of pneumonia. It can
also be used to prevent this same pneumonia. Other uses include treatment or
prevention of a brain infection.
- It is also used to prevent a type of pneumonia. This pneumonia is
called Pneumocystis carinii
pneumonia. It is often seen in patients with poor immune
|How does it work?|
- Atovaquone may inhibit the metabolism of the bug causing the
infection. This may cure the pneumonia or prevent you from getting the
- It may treat the brain infection or prevent you from getting the
|How is it best taken?|
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take with meals. Include food with fat in it. Food increases the
medicine's absorption into your
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible, but make sure to take with a
- If it is almost time for the next dose or you have already eaten, skip
the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Tell healthcare provider if you are taking rifampin, rifapentine, or
rifabutin. These medicines may decrease the effectiveness of atovaquone.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control
that you can trust while taking this medicine.
- Breast-feeding is not
|What are the common side effects of this
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
- Inability to sleep.
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for temperature or worsening of infection.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room temperature. Do not
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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