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What should I know about pentamidine before taking it?

Pentamidine is administered either as a daily injection to treat pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) or with a nebulizer inhaler once a month to prevent infection. Injected pentamidine is administered in a clinical setting where your healthcare provider can monitor vital signs. Pentamidine is also used to treat West African trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis. Pentamidine can affect blood sugar levels, and may not be suitable for use if you have diabetes or other medical conditions. It can also reduce the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in your body, putting you at heightened risk for infection and making the drug unsuitable for people with certain medical conditions. Pentamidine may also not be safe if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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