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Is artesunate effective for malaria treatment?

In cases of severe malaria caused by chloroquine-resistant, mefloquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum in both children and adults, studies show that artesunate was more effective than other available medications. Compared to other medications, artesunate may be more expensive to buy, but less expensive to administer. Also, research investigators found that side effects from malaria were less frequent in patients who were given artesunate, as opposed to other anti-malarial medications.

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