Malaria Home > Coartem Uses
The prescription drug Coartem is used to treat uncomplicated (mild) malaria. It is approved for use in adults, as well as children who weigh at least 11 pounds. Coartem works by preventing the Plasmodium falciparum parasite from using blood glucose for energy and from making certain proteins it needs to live. The drug is sometimes used "off-label" for treating malaria caused by a different parasite.
What Is Coartem Used For?Coartem® (artemether/lumefantrine) is a prescription medication licensed to treat uncomplicated (mild) malaria. It contains two antimalarial medicines: artemether and lumefantrine.
Using Coartem to Treat MalariaMalaria is a blood infection caused by a microscopic parasite called Plasmodium. It is a leading cause of death and disease worldwide, especially in developing countries. While there are over 100 species of Plasmodium, only four types of species infect humans. These four types include:
- Plasmodium falciparum
- Plasmodium vivax
- Plasmodium ovale
- Plasmodium malariae.
- Kidney failure
- Mental confusion
- Severe anemia
- Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Bleeding due to blood clotting problems