Coartem Warnings and Precautions
Specific Precautions and Warnings With CoartemSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
- Coartem may cause a serious problem with the heart rhythm, known as QT prolongation. Some people may have an increased risk for this problem, including those with a similar problem known as long QT syndrome, those with a history of cardiac rhythm problems or a recent heart attack, and those who are taking other medications that may also cause QT prolongation.
- Coartem can make hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills and patches) less effective. You will need an additional form of birth control, such as condoms, diaphragms, or contraceptive jelly or foam, to prevent pregnancy while taking Coartem.
- In some cases, Coartem has caused serious allergic reactions, including hives, blisters, and swelling. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Signs of an allergic reaction include the following:
- An unexplained rash
- A rapid heartbeat
- Swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or face
- Tightness in the throat
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing.
- Coartem may interact with a number of other medications (see Coartem Drug Interactions for more information).
- Coartem is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Coartem and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown whether Coartem passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Coartem and Breastfeeding).