What is Atovaquone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Mepron


See also: Atovaquone-Proguanil

Atovaquone is used to treat Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). It comes as a liquid to take by mouth and is usually taken with food every 8 hours for 21 days.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atovaquone

Side effect Patients
Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction 2
Night sweats 1
Pain 1
Tooth discoloration 1
Upset stomach 1


Based on patients currently taking Atovaquone

Dosage Patients
750 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Atovaquone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 5
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking Atovaquone


Currently taking Atovaquone

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1

Stopped taking Atovaquone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 1
Not specified 2

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Atovaquone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Atovaquone

Aug 18, 2011 (Started May 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for babesiosis)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 750 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't try mixing it with anything, it's not soluble in other liquids!!! Also, don't be scared by it's appearance. I know it looks like someone just sold you a bottle of yellow paint for $1grand but its bark is much worse than its bite. If you can manage to pour it in under your tongue & then swallow it with juice you can basically completely avoid tasting it but even when you do it's not that bad, just numbs your mouth a bit. Causes some crazy herxes.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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