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When using Coartem to treat malaria, the typical recommended adult dosage is four tablets twice a day for three days. For children, the dosage will depend on the child's weight. This medication must be taken with food so that the body can absorb as much of the medicine as possible. Even if you feel better within a couple of days, make sure to finish your prescribed amount.

An Introduction to Dosing With Coartem

There is only one standard recommended dose of Coartem® (artemether/lumefantrine) for malaria treatment in adults. When using this medication for treating malaria in children, the recommended dosage will depend on the child's weight.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

What Is the Coartem Dose for Treating Malaria?

The standard dosage of Coartem for malaria treatment in adults is four tablets twice a day for three days. On day one, the two doses are taken eight hours apart. On days two and three, one dose is taken in the morning and the other in the evening.
 
The dosage for treating malaria in children who weigh less than 77 pounds (35 kg) is based on the child's weight. The recommended dose in children is as follows:
 
  • 11 to 33 pounds (5 to 15 kg) -- one tablet followed by another tablet eight hours later. Then one tablet twice a day (in the morning and the evening) for two more days.
  • 33 to 55 pounds (15 to 25 kg) -- two tablets followed by two more tablets eight hours later. Then, two tablets twice a day (morning and evening) for two more days.
  • 55 to 77 pounds (25 to 35 kg) -- three tablets followed by three more tablets eight hours later. Then three tablets twice a day (morning and evening) for two more days.
     
Children who weigh 77 (35 kg) pounds or more are given the adult dosage.
 
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