Description and Composition of Malagard
Malagard is a drug that contains artemether and lumefantrine as its active ingredients.
It is a combination medicine as it contains two drugs to make it more effective for the treatment of malaria and less resistance to it.
It comes as tablets, softgel capsules, powder for Suspension, and dispersible tablets.
Uses and indications of Malagard
Malagard is used to treat malaria (non severe one).
Dosage of Malagard
Its dose is body weight dependent.
The usual doses are as follow:
For people who weighs 35 kg and above
Take four (4) tablets of 20/120 mg as an initial dose.
Take 4 more tablets 8 hours later.
Then take 4 tablets in the morning and 4 tablets in the evening for the next 2 days.
The patient will take one (1) tablets instead of 4 if the strength is 80/480 mg
For children who weighs 25 kg to 35 kg
Take three (3) tablets as an initial dose.
Take 3 more tablets 8 hours later.
Then take 3 tablets in the morning and 3 tablets in the evening for the next 2 days.
For children who weighs 15 kg to 25 kg
Take two (2) tablets as an initial dose.
Take 2 more tablets 8 hours later.
For children who weighs 5 kg to 15 kg
Take one (1) tablets as an initial dose.
Take a second tablets 8 hours later.
Then take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablets in the evening for the next 2 days.
Artemether lumefantrine should not be given to a child who weighs less than 5 kg.
Side Effects of Malagard
Common side effects of Malagard may include:
- Feeling weak or tired
- pain in your muscle and joints
- Loss of Appetite.
Some people can experience allergic reactions and it could be life threatening. If it occurs, stop your medication immediately and seek emergency medical help.
You may experience other side effects other than those listed above.
Can Malagard be used in Pregnancy and by Nursing Mothers
The safety of taking Malagard in pregnancy is not yet known. Hence, if you must take it, do that with caution. Meanwhile, no harm has equally been reported.
The same thing is applicable while breastfeeding.
What to do in cases of missed dose
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for your next scheduled dose.
Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
This write up is not a prescription, medical advice or a substitute of anything. You are therefore advised to strictly rely and adhere to your doctor’s prescription.
Remember not to take any other drugs without consulting your health care provider first.