PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable)

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PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) Drug and Prescription Information

PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable)

PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) Medication Classification


PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) Brandname


PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) is used for the Treatment

Pentamidine (pen-TAM-i-deen) Treats Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and other types of infections.

When To Not Use PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to pentamidine.

How Should You Use PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable)


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • An IM shot is given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks).
  • An IV is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
  • This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV or IM medicine, such as a nurse.
  • It is best to lie down while this medicine is given. To avoid dizziness, get up slowly.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.

Proper PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) Storage

Store PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you have low blood pressure, diabetes, low blood sugar, or liver or kidney disease.
  • You may need to use a home glucose (sugar) test to check your blood sugar levels while you are taking this medicine. Make sure you understand how to do this.
  • Your doctor may want to check your blood on a regular schedule while you are using pentamidine. Keep all appointments.

PENTAMIDINE (Injection) (Injectable) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • Feeling very hungry or thirsty
  • Nervousness, sweating, confusion
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Sore mouth or throat
  • Skin rash, itching, or hives
  • Trouble breathing
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Pain, swelling, itching, or burning where the IV is given
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Change in taste or a metallic taste in your mouth

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