Before using Primaquine, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Together with your doctor, you can decide whether the medication will do you more goods than the harms. Here are some factors to be considered before deciding to use this medicine:
Allergies: Inform your doctor about the allergies you have, such as to this medication, other medications, or to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Pediatric: Consult your doctor before using primaquine in your children. Use only when the benefits outweigh potential risks.
Geriatric: Not enough is known about the effects of primaquine in elderly people.
Pregnancy: Primaquine has not been officially assigned a pregnancy category. Use only when the benefits outweigh potential risks.
Breastfeeding: Since not enough is known about the potential risk to an infant when this medicine is taken by a nursing mother, consult your doctor to know if benefits outweigh risks.
Drug Interactions: Taking two medicines together can be harmful due to possible interactions. In other cases, even if there is a possible interaction between two medicines your doctor may advise you to take them together after adjusting the dose or issuing precautions. Following medicines are not recommended to be used with primaquine. Inform your doctor if you are using any of these medicines:
o Aurothioglucose o Levomethadyl
Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions. Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe.
Medical Problems: Certain medical conditions might influence the effects (both positive and adverse) and action of primaquine. DO NOT forget to inform your doctor about the following conditions:
o Hemolytic anemia o Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (Favism) o Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) methemoglobin reductase deficiency
To use Primaquine properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Here are some points to watch for:
Use only as directed and complete the course.
Do not skip any dose.
You may take it with meals to reduce chances of GI symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or abdominal discomfort. Consult your doctor if these symptoms persist.
For best results, follow your doctor to know what amount of medicine you should take in a single dose. The doses of a medicine can differ according to the conditions for which it is being prescribed. If not stated otherwise, the doses here refer to an average dose. Remember your doses can differ.
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