The sole purpose of the Alfa Beta Arteether is to cure malaria. It can’t be used to prevent malaria or to cure severe malaria that has affected the brain, lungs, or kidneys. So it can be defined as an anti-malarial medication. This medicine could be used alone or in combination with other medicines for treating malaria. This medicine secretes the non-toxic radicals in malarial parasites and thus kills them. The intake of Alfa Beta Arteether might show a few common side effects like vomiting, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, tremors, etc. These side effects are not to be worried about as they are short-term and won’t require any medication for their treatment. However, it is advised that a doctor’s visit is made if the symptoms persist for a longer period of time and are not getting cured. And it should be avoided if you are allergic to it.
The administration of the Alfa Beta Arteether should be done by a professional physician in a hospital or in a clinic. It should never be self-administered as it might hamper you. The completion of the course is mandatory for the benefits. This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women as it may harm the fetus. The doctor’s consultation is mandatory if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before receiving the injection.
USES OF ALFA BETA ARTEETHER
It is used in the treatment of malaria.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF ALFA-BETA ARTEETHER
Pain at the injection site
Allergic skin reaction
The medicine is not recommended if you are allergic to any of its components. Consultation with the doctor is mandatory if you are facing the symptoms such as skin rash, dizziness, breathing difficulties, etc.
The safety and efficacy of Alfa-Beta Arteether for use in pregnant women are not clearly known. Hence, inform your doctor if you are pregnant before taking this injection.
It is not recommended to take this medicine when you are breastfeeding as it is not known how this medicine will affect the infant. A doctor’s consultation is mandatory if you are breastfeeding.
Alfa-Beta Arteether causes an alteration in the heart rhythms and blood pressure in people who are suffering from pre-existing heart conditions. So it is a mandate that their heart function should be monitored.
Complete your whole course of treatment with Alfa-Beta Arteether even if the condition gets better, to avoid resistance (a condition where parasites evolve mechanisms that protect them from the effects of antimalarial medication) by the parasites. If you still feel you are not well after completing your course, consult your doctor.
To avoid any side effects with any medicine that you are taking for some other medical condition.Do inform your doctor to avoid any major side effects.
People with kidney problems should be monitored closely and dose adjustments should also be who are having prolonged therapy with Alfa-Beta Arteether.
DIRECTIONS OF USE OF ALFA-BETA ARTEETHER
Alfa/beta Arteether in Adults:
• Intramuscular injection of one ampoule, containing 150 mg/arteether, daily for 3 consecutive days (i.e. total dose 480 mg irrespective of body weight or 3mg/kg/day for a 50kg adult).
• Intramuscular injection of 3 mg/arteether/kg body weight daily for 3 consecutive days.
Artemotil (children and adolescents up to the age of 16 years only):
• Intramuscular injection of 4.8mg/kg body weight as a loading dose followed by 1.6mg/kg body weight administered 6, 24, 48 and 72 hours after the loading dose.
• The injection can alternatively be continued on further consecutive days until the patient can take oral therapy with another effective antimalarial drug.
Alfa-Beta Arteether should be stored at room temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius.
Q. What should I tell my doctor before starting treatment with Alpha-Beta Arteether?
Ans. Before starting treatment with Alpha-Beta Arteether, inform your doctor if you have any other health conditions like kidney- or heart-related problems. This is because certain medical conditions may affect your treatment and you may even need dose modifications. Also, let your doctor know about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q. Is Alpha-Beta Arteether safe?
Ans. Alpha-Beta Arteether is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.
Q. How is Alpha-Beta Arteether administered?
Ans. Alpha-Beta Arteether should be administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional or a doctor only and should not be self-administered. The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for and will be decided by your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the maximum benefit from Alpha-Beta Arteether.