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Atovaquone - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Dec 07, 2010
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Information about Atovaquone

Generic Name : Atovaquone
Pronunciation : a toe' va kwone
Latest prescription information about Atovaquone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41 | Therapeutic Classification : Miscellaneous Anti- Infectives
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Atovaquone

International- Mepron.
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Why is Atovaquone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), Toxoplasmosis and also for malaria treatment in combination with proguanil. The medication inhibits the reproduction of the protozoan that causes the disease.  
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When should Atovaquone not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Atovaquone?

Adult: The recommended oral dose is 1,500 mg (10 ml) once daily, administered with a meal.

How should Atovaquone be taken?

It comes as a suspension to take by mouth with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Atovaquone?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of stomach, intestinal problem, lung disease, liver impairment, allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Atovaquone?

  Most Common: Allergic reactions like rash, fever, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, increased cough and anemia.
  Central Nervous System: Headache, weakness, dizziness, depression, anxiety and sleeplessness.
  Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain.
  Respiratory: Difficulty in breathing and inflammation of nose.
  Miscellaneous: Flu-like syndrome, itching and muscle pain.

What are the other precautions for Atovaquone?

Take full course of treatment.

What are the storage conditions for Atovaquone?

Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.



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