GENERIC NAME: ATOVAQUONE SUSPENSION - ORAL (a-TOE-va-kwone)
BRAND NAME(S): Mepron
USES: This medication is used to prevent or treat Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (previously known as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia or PCP) in selected patients. It is an antiparasitic that prevents the growth of the germ responsible for this infection.
HOW TO USE: Shake the bottle gently but thoroughly before use. Measure the dose out carefully with a medication spoon/cup. Do not use a household spoon. To treat PCP, take this medication by mouth with food, usually 2 times daily for 21 days or as directed by your doctor. To prevent PCP, take this medication once a day with food as directed. The amount of atovaquone that gets into the body increases if it is taken with meals.Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment.This medication works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, when taking this drug twice a day, take it at evenly spaced intervals about 12 hours apart. If you are taking this medication once a day, take it at the same time each day.Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset/pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, fever, sweating, or a strange taste in the mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, anxiety), unusual weakness.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: vision changes, change in the amount of urine, unusual bleeding/bruising, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.Atovaquone can commonly cause a mild rash that is usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. Therefore, seek immediate medical attention if you develop any rash.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.