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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