Traveling and Malaria: Know the Facts

Each year, millions of US travelers visit malaria-endemic regions. Though malaria is serious and sometimes life threatening, it can be treated. Coartem is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as first-line treatment for acute, uncomplicated malaria infections due to Plasmodium falciparum.

Indication

Coartem® (artemether/lumefantrine) is a prescription medication used to
treat acute uncomplicated malaria infections due to Plasmodium falciparum in
adults and children who weigh at least 11 pounds (5 kg). Coartem Tablets are not approved for patients
with severe or complicated P falciparum malaria. Coartem Tablets are not approved for the prevention of malaria.

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What Is Malaria?

Malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease that is caused by a parasite (something that lives off the nutrients of another living being) that infects a specific type of mosquito (Anopheles mosquito). These mosquitoes live in warm climates and pose a threat...

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What Is Coartem?

Coartem is a prescription medication used to treat acute, uncomplicated malaria infections due to Plasmodium falciparum in adults and children who weigh at least 11 pounds (5 kg). Coartem is not approved for patients with severe or complicated P falciparum and is not approved for the prevention of malaria. Coartem contains 2 active substances, artemether and lumefantrine, which work together...

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Before You Go

If you are planning a trip to a malaria-risk area, you should speak to your doctor or travel health specialist 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. He or she can provide additional guidance on specific medical requirements for travel to certain areas.

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Important Safety Information

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