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
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Atovaquone

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


Based on patients currently taking Atovaquone

Dosage Patients
5 mL daily 1
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
1 - 2 years 2

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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