Artemisinin is used in the treatment of malaria. It is effective against all species of plasmodium, but it is particularly useful in cases of infections by parasites resistant to chloroquine or multidrug resistant infections.


The drug is also effective in the treatment of toxoplasmosis, leishmaniasis and infections by some species of Babesia. It also seems to have potential as an anticancer agent.


What is Artemisinin?


Artemisinin is an antimalarial drug. It works by killing the parasite in the schizont stage, the one that comes from the form of the parasite transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito that feeds on humans and the hemoglobin in red blood cells.


How should Artemisinin be taken?


Artemisinin can be administered orally, rectally or through intramuscular injections. It is generally used in combination with other antimalarial drugs characterized by an increased long-term action.


Side effects associated with Artemisinin


Treatment with Artemisinin has several recognized adverse effects. Some of the common ones include:


  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Pricking
  • Tinnitus


You should immediately contact a doctor if taking Artemisinin triggers any of the following symptoms:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use Artemisinin


Before taking Artemisinin it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, to other components or to other drugs or foods
  • You are taking other medications, herbal remedies and supplements
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from diseases and health ailments
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding


Lastly, it is recommended to inform physicians, surgeons and dentists about ongoing treatment with Artemisinin prior to any procedure.