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What is pentamidine?

Pentamidine is a prescription antibiotic that prevents and treats pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and other very serious infections caused by protozoa. The medication may also be prescribed to treat West African Trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness) and the parasitic disease leishmaniasis. Pentamidine can be taken either through an injection or with a nebulizer inhaler. Because it has some serious risks and possible side effects, the drug is always given by a medical professional in a hospital or other clinical setting.

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