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Aerosol Pentamidine

Classification: Used to decrease the risk of acquiring PCP pneumonia in patients unable to take Bactrim or Dapsone.

Form: 300mg powder

Usual Dosage: 300mg once per month given as an aerosol

Instructions: Pentamidine is given in an aerosol. The powder is dissolved into a saline solution then given by way of nebulizer over 30 to 40 minutes. May be treated with a bronchodilator to prevent respiratory side effects. Notify your doctor of all medications being taken prior to starting Pentamidine. 

Side effects to report to your doctor

  • Coughing, wheezing, or chest tightening during treatment (increased risk with smokers)
  • Metallic taste or mouth irritation
  • Pancreatitis (symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting)

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