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Generic: pentamidine
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It is used to prevent Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)

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What is this medicine?

PENTAMIDINE (pen TAM i deen) is an anti- infective drug. It is used to prevent Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP).

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • heart problems
  • kidney disease
  • smoker
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to pentamidine, other medicines, foods, dyed, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • amoxapine
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, grepafloxacin, moxifloxacin, sparfloxacin
  • cidofovir
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • haloperidol
  • levomethadyl
  • maprotiline
  • medicines for malaria like chloroquine and halofantrine
  • medicines to control heart rhythm
  • methadone
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
  • pimozide
  • ranolazine
  • tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, imipramine, nortriptyline, and others
  • zalcitabine, ddC
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • abarelix
  • alfuzosin
  • certain antibiotics like gentamicin, levofloxacin, mefloquine, tobramycin, vancomycin
  • cyclobenzaprine
  • diuretics
  • ganciclovir
  • foscarnet
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for nausea like dolasetron, ondansetron, palonosetron
  • medicines for sleep during surgery
  • medicine to numb skin
  • octreotide
  • some bowel prep medicines
  • some medicines for cancer
  • tacrolimus
  • vardenafil

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