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Generic name: pentamidine isethionate

APP Pharmaceuticals

What it does:
Helps prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with a history of the disease or low T-cell counts

Traditional dosage:
300 mg every four weeks, via oral inhalation

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Use with caution with aminoglycosides (a class of antibiotics), amphotericin B (an antifungal drug marketed under various brand names), Platinol, Foscavir, or Vancocin. If breast-feeding, take only if doctor determines benefits outweigh risks.

Side effects:
Most serious: acute pancreatitis Other: night sweats, anemia, bronchitis, nonspecific herpes, herpes zoster, nonspecific influenza, oral Candida, pharyngitis, sinusitis, headache, chest pain, cough, wheezing
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