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Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any medical issues you have, such as problems with your kidneys, liver, or heart, before taking artemether/lumefantrine. Precautions with this drug also include warnings for women who are pregnant or nursing. Also, some people should avoid this prescription medication, including those who are taking certain medications or who have certain allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Artemether/Lumefantrine?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking artemether/lumefantrine (Coartem®) if you have:
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Heart disease, such as congestive heart failure or a family history of heart problems
- Heart rhythm problems, including atrial fibrillation (afib), QT prolongation, or a history of an abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Low blood electrolytes, such as low blood potassium (hypokalemia) or magnesium (hypomagnesemia)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.