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Often used for:
Atovaquone is a medication used to prevent or treat Pneumocystis pneumonia (also known as PCP or PJP pneumonia). PCP/PJP pneumonia is a lung infection caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. Patients with weak immune systems are at highest risk. Atovaquone is usually given to patients who cannot take Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMX/TMP, Bactrim®, Septra®).
Patients receiving atovaquone may have regular blood draws to check blood counts and electrolyte levels and monitor liver and kidney function.
Given as a liquid by mouth
Not all patients who take atovaquone will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.
Atovaquone at home: