It is important to take atovaquone with food, preferably food which has a high fat content.
Take one 5 ml spoonful of medicine in the morning and one 5 ml spoonful in the evening for 21 days.
If you have problems with diarrhoea when you first start treatment, tell your doctor.
|Type of medicine||Antiprotozoal|
|Used for||Pneumonia caused by an organism called Pneumocystis jirovecii|
|Available as||Oral liquid medicine|
Atovaquone is used to treat a chest infection called pneumocystis pneumonia. This lung infection is caused by an organism called Pneumocystis jirovecii and occurs in people whose immune system has been weakened - for example, by AIDS. Atovaquone is prescribed when other treatments cannot be used. It is prescribed by doctors who are specialists.
Atovaquone works by killing the organism causing the infection.
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking atovaquone it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Very common atovaquone side-effects - these affect more than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine ||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Feeling sick||Stick to simple meals. Remember to take your doses with a meal|
|An itchy skin rash||If this becomes troublesome, speak with your doctor|
|Common atovaquone side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Diarrhoea||Let your doctor know about this, particularly if it is at the start of your treatment. It may mean that your body is not absorbing the full dose of atovaquone and the treatment could be less effective for you|
|Headache||Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Difficulty sleeping, high temperature||If either of these becomes troublesome, speak with your doctor|
|Changes to some blood tests||Your doctor will monitor you for these|
Important: if you become breathless or start having breathing problems, or if you notice any swelling of your mouth, throat or face, you should contact a doctor straightaway. These could be signs of an allergic-type reaction.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.