Artemisinin is used in the treatment of malaria . It is efficient against all species of plasmodium , however it is especially useful in the presence of infections by parasites resistant to chloroquine or multiresistant to drugs. The medicine is also effective in the treatment of toxoplasmosis , leishmaniasis and infections from certain species of Babesia . It also appears to have potential as an anticancer agent.
What is Artemisina?
It is an antimalarial medicine. It works by eliminating the plasmodium at the schizont stage, the one that comes from the form of the parasite transmitted by the anopheles mosquito to humans and which feeds on the hemoglobin present in the red blood cells.
How is Artemisina taken?
Artemisinin can be administered orally , rectally or by intramuscular injections . It is usually used in combination with other antimalarial drugs characterized by a greater long-term action.
Artemisina side effects
Artemisinin therapy has few recognized side effects. Among the most typical we also find:
- nausea ;
- He retched;
- abdominal pain
- diarrhea ;
It is best to notify a doctor immediately in the presence of:
- skin rash ;
- urticaria ;
- itching ;
- breathing problems;
- feeling of tightness in the chest;
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Artemisinin
Before taking Artemisinin it is essential to warn the doctor :
- allergies to the active substance, its excipients or other medicines or foods;
- medicines, phytotherapics and supplements taken;
- the diseases and health problems you suffer from (or have suffered from);
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It is best to warn doctors, surgeons and dentists about Artemisinin therapy.