Artesunate 100 mg for suppository
100mg /suppository 12 suppositories in box
What is the use of artesunate suppository?
Artesunate suppositories are used for the treatment of malaria. Artesunate is an antimalarial water-soluble derivative of dihydroartemisinin. Artemisinins are sesquiterpene lactones isolated from Artemisia annua, a Chinese traditional medicine.
Artesunate Rectocaps are to be used as pre-referral treatment for suspected or proven severe malaria in children aged between 2 months and 6 years, who are unable to take oral medication or obtain injectable antimalarial treatment. The patient should be immediately referred to a facility where accurate diagnosis and complete treatment with effective antimalarials can be instituted.
Posology and method of administration
Limitations of use:
• Artesunate Rectocaps should not be used for patients age 7 and over
• Artesunate Rectocaps should not be used to prevent malaria
• Artesunate Rectocaps are for severe malaria only, and should not be used for uncomplicated
Paediatric population up to age 6
This medicine is recommended for antimalarial treatment as a 10 mg/kg bodyweight single dose; while the patient is being transferred to the nearest health clinic or hospital.
The table below indicates the number of suppositories determined by body weight and age.
|Body Weight (kg)
|Number of 100 mg suppositories
|5 to ≤14
|2 months to ≤3 years
|>14 to 20
|>3 to 6 years