Falcigo: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Price, Composition, Precautions & More

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Falcigo Composition – Artesunate (120mg)
Manufactured By – Zydus Cadila
Prescription – Prescription Required
Form – Injection
Price – Rs 388.8
Quantity – 10 ml in 1 vial

What is Falcigo?

  • Falcigo is one of the most effective and rapid acting anti-malarial drug
  • active ingredient of Falcigo is “artesunate” which  treats severe malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum strain resistant to all other antimalarial drugs
  • However, it cannot be used to prevent malaria

Manufactured By – Zydus Cadila
Other variants and compositions

Variant Composition
Falcigo 60 mg Injection Artesunate (60mg)
Falcigo 120 mg Injection Artesunate (120mg)
Falcigo Plus Tablet Artesunate (100mg) + Mefloquine (200mg)
Falcigo-SP Kit Artesunate (200mg) + Sulfadoxine (750mg) + Pyrimethamine (25mg)
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Uses of Falcigo

It is prescribed for malaria.


How does Falcigo work?

Exact mechanism of action of Facligo is unclear. However, this anti-parasitic medication works by producing free radicals within the malarial parasite which kills it.


Falcigo Price in India

Specifics Falcigo Price 
Falcigo 50mg Tablet – 4 Tablets Rs 122
Falcigo 120 mg Injection Rs 388
Falcigo 60 mg Injection Rs 224

 


How to take Falcigo?

Falcigo is available in tablet form for oral administration  and in injection form forintramuscular or intravenous routes.


Common Dosage of Falcigo

  • Three parenteral doses should be given in first 24 hours of admission
  • Day 1 dose 1 on admission (0 hours) and dose 2 following 12 hours of the first dose
  • Day 2 dose 3 following 24 hours after the first dose
  • Following this, once a day parentral dose can be administered for up to 7 days
  • The recommended injection dosage for each time:

Adults and children above 7 years: 1.2 mg/kg

Children below 7 years of age : 1.5 mg/kg


When to avoid Falcigo?

  • Avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to it or to any other components present in it
  • Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney impairment
  • Avoid this medicine during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Drug interactions to be careful about

Drugs that should be avoided while taking Falcigo include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Mefloquine
  • PyrimethamineIsoniazid
  • Amiodarone
  • Methoxsalen
  • Desipramine
  • Ketoconazole
  • Letrozole
  • Methoxsalen
  • tranylcypromine

Precautions when taking Falcigo

  • Do not drive as taking Falcigo may cause dizziness
  • Finish the entire course of treatment as prescribed
  • During the course of treatment with Falcigo, tell your doctor about any other medication you are taking

Side Effects of Falcigo

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Injection site pain
  • Temporary and reversible anemia
  • Slow heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fever with body pain
  • Low WBC and Platelet count
  • Swelling of the liver

Are There Any Reported Allergic Reactions?

Signs of allergic reactions:

  • Rashes, Hives
  • Itching
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling on face, throat or tongue

Effect of Falcigo on organs

  • Cardiovascular reactions- QT interval prolongation, bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • Gastrointestinal reactions- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Central nervous system reactions- Headache, tinnitus
  • Hematologic reactions- Reversible reduction in reticulocyte and neutrophil counts

Shows Effects / Results in

  • Falcigo is an artemisinin drug capable of killing all erythrocytic stages of the malaria parasite
  • It also increases splenic clearance of infected erythrocytes by reducing cyto-adherence

Storage

  • Keep it in an air-tight container
  • Keep it away from direct light or moisture
  • Keep it out of reach of children

Pro Tips

  • It is a derivative of artemisinin that is water-soluble and may therefore be given by injection
  • Falcigo should be administered with caution in patients with pre-exisiting liver and kidney disease

FAQs

Is Falcigo addictive?

No

Can I have Falcigo with alcohol?

Interaction with alcohol is unkown. Ask your doctor before consumption.

Any particular food item to be avoided?

No

Can I have Falcigo when pregnant?

Yes, only if benefit outweigh the risks. However it should be used with caution in the first trimester of pregnancy as animal studies have shown adverse effects on foetus.

Can I have Falcigo when feeding a baby?

Yes, only if benefit outweigh the risks.

Can I drive after taking Falcigo?

No as few patients complain of dizziness as an adverse effect following Falcigo administration.

What happens if I overdose on Falcigo?

Symptoms of overdose may include diarrhea, irregular heartbeat or vomiting.

What happens if I eat expired Falcigo?

Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions, thus to be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug.

What happens if I miss a dose of Falcigo?

If you miss a dose of Falcigo, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose for a missed one.

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