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Often used for:
Pentamidine is an antifungal 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. Pentamidine is usually given to patients who cannot take Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMX/TMP, Bactrim®, Septra®).
Patients receiving pentamidine may have regular blood draws to check blood counts, blood glucose, and electrolyte levels and monitor liver and kidney function. Blood pressure and heart function may also be monitored.
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
May be given as a liquid injected into a muscle (IM)
May be given in inhaled form by nebulizer or inhaler device
Possible side effects with injection:
Possible side effects with inhaled medicine:
Not all patients who take pentamidine 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.