Sumether Plus Oral Suspension For Children
Uses Of Sumether Plus
Sumether Plus is used to treat malaria in adults and children. Sumether Plus has two ingredients that belong to a class of drugs known as Atreminsinin-based combination therapy(ACT) antimalarials. Malaria is an infection caused by mosquito bites received while traveling or living in regions of the world where malaria is common. Malaria parasites enter the body and live in body tissues such as red blood cells or the liver. Sumether Plus is used to kill the malaria parasites living inside red blood cells. In some cases, you may need to take a different medication (such as primaquine) to kill the malaria parasites living in the liver.
How to Take Sumether Plus
Sumether Plus is taken by mouth, with food, exactly as prescribed by your doctor. This medication is usually taken twice a day with a fatty meal for 3 days (6 doses) or as directed by your doctor. On your first day of treatment, take your first dose with food, followed by your second dose 8 hours later. Then each day for the next 2 days, take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening.
It is important to take every dose of this medication with food or milk, infant formula, pudding, porridge, Food helps this medication work better. Tell your doctor if you are unable to eat.
If you or your child vomits Sumether Plus within 1 to 2 hours of taking this drug, repeat this dose and contact your doctor right away. You will need to make sure you have enough Sumether Plus to complete your full course of therapy. If you vomit 2 doses, you may need to be treated with a different medication.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of this medication in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms of malaria (such as fever, chills, headache, other flu-like symptoms), persist or worsen after 1 to 2 days of taking Sumether Plus . If your fever returns after completing this prescription, contact your doctor so that he/she can determine whether the malaria has returned. Quick treatment of malaria is needed to prevent serious, possibly fatal, outcome.
Side Effects - Sumether Plus
- Headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, fever, chills, tiredness, muscle/joint pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cough, and trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist after stopping the medication or if these effects worsen while taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
- Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Sumether Plus do not have serious side effects.
- Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat.
- A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
- This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Precautions - Sumether Plus
Before taking Sumether Plus, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to artemether or lumefantrine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Sumetheer Plus, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: recent use (within the past month) of any medication to prevent or treat malaria (such as halofantrine, quinine, or quinidine), kidney problems, liver problems.
Sumether Plus may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.
The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation.
Before using Sumether Plus, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/”water pills”) or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor or Pharmacist about using Sumether Plus safely.
This medication may make you dizzy, or cause you to feel tired, or weak. Do not drive, use machinery, or perform any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Missed Dose - Sumether Plus
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Storage - Sumether Plus
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for proper disposal.