Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Take this medicine with food at the same time each day.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it.

Do not drink alcohol during treatment and for at least 48 hours after the last dose.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For the treatment of human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness):
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older weighing 35 kilograms (kg) or more—At first, 1800 milligrams (mg) (3 tablets) once a day for 4 days, followed by a maintenance dose of 1200 mg (2 tablets) once a day for 6 days.
      • Adults and children 6 years of age and older weighing 20 kg to less than 35 kg—At first, 1200 mg (2 tablets) once a day for 4 days, followed by a maintenance dose of 600 mg (1 tablet) once a day for 6 days.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age or weighing less than 20 kg—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you vomit after taking a dose, take the next dose at the regular time.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.