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Pentamidine

This medication is not funded by BC Transplant. This medication is available for inhalation via a nebulizer as well as intravenous injection.

What is this medication for?


Pentamidine is used to prevent and treat a particular type of pneumonia known as PCP or PJP. Patients with a suppressed immune system are more susceptible to this infection. Nebulized (vaporized) pentamidine is used when a person has a sulfa allergy or has experienced side effects to sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim.

How should I take this medication?


Pentamidine is administered in the hospital setting, in a designated room within the Pulmonary Function Lab. 

Pentamidine inhalation is administered once monthly. Treatment duration will be determined by your doctor.

What are some possible side effects of this medication?

‎You will be given another inhaled medication (salbutamol) before the pentamidine to reduce this.

‎This is temporary, and wears off after a couple of days.

‎Breathe slowly; stop inhalation therapy if needed.

‎Use throat lozenges or cough syrup if symptoms are very bothersome.

‎Rinse mouth immediately after the nebulized treatment.  If it occurs during treatment, you may stop the inhalation and take a drink of water.


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