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Artemether/lumefantrine is approved to treat uncomplicated (mild) malaria in adults and children. It is not approved for use in children who weigh less than 11 pounds, and it may not be suitable for older adults who may have other medical problems. This drug is not used to prevent malaria; artemether/lumefantrine is only effective at treating the infection after it has begun.
An Overview of Uses for Artemether/LumefantrineArtemether/lumefantrine (Coartem®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat uncomplicated (mild) malaria. It contains two antimalarial medicines: artemether and lumefantrine.
Treating Malaria With Artemether/LumefantrineMalaria is a blood infection caused by a microscopic parasite called Plasmodium. It is a leading cause of death and disease worldwide, especially in developing countries. While there are over 100 species of Plasmodium, only four types of species infect humans. These four types include:
- Plasmodium falciparum
- Plasmodium vivax
- Plasmodium ovale
- Plasmodium malariae.
- Kidney failure
- Mental confusion
- Severe anemia
- Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Bleeding due to blood clotting problems