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Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal,         and Antihelmintic AgentsCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights re...
Protozoal Infections  Parasitic protozoa: live in or on humans  • malaria  • leishmaniasis  • amebiasis  • giardiasis  • t...
Malaria  • Caused by the plasmodium protozoa.  • Four different plasmodium species.  • Cause: the bite of an infected adul...
Malarial Parasite (plasmodium)  Two Interdependent Life Cycles  • Sexual cycle: in the mosquito  • Asexual cycle: in the h...
Plasmodium Life Cycle  Asexual cycle: two phases  • Exoerythrocytic phase:                                    occurs “outs...
Antimalarial Agents  Attack the parasite during the asexual phase,              when it is vulnerable  • Erythrocytic phas...
Antimalarials:  Mechanism of Action  4-aminoquinoline derivatives chloroquine    and hydroxychloroquine  • Bind to parasit...
Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action  4-aminoquinoline derivatives quinine and    mefloquine  • Alter pH within the parasite...
Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action  diaminophyrimidines pyrimethamine and    trimethoprim  • Inhibit dihydrofolate reducta...
Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action  primaquine  • Only exoerythrocytic drug.  • Binds and alters DNA.  sulfonamides, tetra...
Antimalarials: Drug Effects  • Kill parasitic organisms.  • Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine also    have antiinflammato...
Antimalarials: Therapeutic Uses  • Used to kill plasmodium organisms, the    parasites that cause malaria.  • The drugs ha...
Antimalarials: Side Effects  • Many side effects for the various agents  • Primarily gastrointestinal: nausea, vomiting,  ...
Antiprotozoals  • atovaquone (Mepron)  • metronidazole (Flagyl)  • pentamidine (Pentam)  • iodoquinol (Yodoxin, Di-Quinol)...
Protozoal Infections  • amebiasis  • giardiasis  • pneumocystosis  • toxoplasmosis  • trichomoniasisCopyright © 2002, 1998...
Protozoal Infections  Transmission  • Person-to-person  • Ingestion of contaminated water or food  • Direct contact with t...
Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action  and Uses atovaquone (Mepron)  • Protozoal energy comes from the    mitochondria  • At...
Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action  and Uses metronidazole  • Disruption of DNA synthesis as well as    nucleic acid synt...
Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses pentamidine  • Inhibits DNA and RNA  • Binds to and aggregates ribosomes  • D...
Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action  and Uses iodoquinol (Yodoxin, Di-Quinol)  • “Luminal” or “contact” amebicide  • Acts ...
Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses paromomycin  • “Luminal” or “contact” amebicide  • Kills by inhibiting protei...
Antiprotozoals: Side Effects  atovaquone  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia  metronidazole  • metallic taste, nausea,...
Antiprotozoals: Side Effects  pentamidine  • bronchospasms, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia,    acute pancreatitis, acute ren...
Antihelmintics  • diethylcarbamazine (Hetrazan)  • mebendazole (Vermox)  • niclosamide (Niclocide)  • oxamniquine (Vansil)...
Antihelmintics  • Drugs used to treat parasitic worm infections:    helmintic infections  • Unlike protozoa, helminths are...
Antihelmintics  • It is VERY IMPORTANT to identify the    causative worm  • Done by finding the parasite ova or larvae in ...
Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action  and Uses  diethylcarbamazine (Hetrazan)  • Inhibits rate of embryogenesis  thiabendaz...
Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action  piperazine (Vermizine) and pyrantel (Antiminth)  • Blocks acetylcholine at the neurom...
Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action  mebendazole (Vermox)  • Inhibits uptake of glucose and other nutrients,    leading to...
Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action  niclosamide (Niclocide)  • Causes the worm to become dislodged    from the GI wall  •...
Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action  oxamniquine (Vansil) and praziquantel    (Biltricide)  • Cause paralysis of worms’ mu...
Antihelmintics: Side Effects  niclosamide, oxamniquine, praziquantel,    thiabendazole, piperazine, pyrantel  • nausea, vo...
Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Antihelmintic  Agents: Nursing Implications  • Before beginning therapy, perform a    thoroug...
Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Antihelmintic Agents: Nursing Implications  • Some agents may cause the urine to have an    a...
Antimalarial Agents:  Nursing Implications  • Assess for presence of malarial symptoms.  • When used for prophylaxis, thes...
Antimalarial Agents:  Nursing Implications  • Instruct patient to notify physician    immediately if ringing in the ears, ...
Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Antihelmintic Agents: Nursing Implications  Monitor for side effects:  • Ensure that patients...
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  1. 1. Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, and Antihelmintic AgentsCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Protozoal Infections Parasitic protozoa: live in or on humans • malaria • leishmaniasis • amebiasis • giardiasis • trichomoniasisCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Malaria • Caused by the plasmodium protozoa. • Four different plasmodium species. • Cause: the bite of an infected adult mosquito. • Can also be transmitted by infected individuals via blood transfusion, congenitally, or via infected needles by drug abusers.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Malarial Parasite (plasmodium) Two Interdependent Life Cycles • Sexual cycle: in the mosquito • Asexual cycle: in the human – Knowledge of the life cycles is essential in understanding antimalarial drug treatment. – Drugs are only effective during the asexual cycle.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Plasmodium Life Cycle Asexual cycle: two phases • Exoerythrocytic phase: occurs “outside” the erythrocyte • Erythrocytic phase: occurs “inside” the erythrocyte Erythrocytes = RBCsCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Antimalarial Agents Attack the parasite during the asexual phase, when it is vulnerable • Erythrocytic phase drugs: chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, quinine, mefloquine • Exoerythrocytic phase drug: primaquine May be used together for synergistic or additive killing power.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action 4-aminoquinoline derivatives chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine • Bind to parasite nucleoproteins and interfere with protein synthesis. • Prevent vital parasite-sustaining substances from being formed. • Alter pH within the parasite. • Interfere with parasite’s ability to metabolize and use erythrocyte hemoglobin. • Effective only during the erythrocytic phaseCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action 4-aminoquinoline derivatives quinine and mefloquine • Alter pH within the parasite. • Interfere with parasite’s ability to metabolize and use erythrocyte hemoglobin. • Effective only during the erythrocytic phase.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action diaminophyrimidines pyrimethamine and trimethoprim • Inhibit dihydrofolate reductase in the parasite. • This enzyme is needed by the parasite to make essential substances. • Also blocks the synthesis of tetrahydrofolate. These agents may be used with sulfadoxine or dapsone for synergistic effects.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Antimalarials: Mechanism of Action primaquine • Only exoerythrocytic drug. • Binds and alters DNA. sulfonamides, tetracyclines, clindamycin • Used in combination with antimalarials to increase protozoacidal effectsCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Antimalarials: Drug Effects • Kill parasitic organisms. • Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine also have antiinflammatory effects.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Antimalarials: Therapeutic Uses • Used to kill plasmodium organisms, the parasites that cause malaria. • The drugs have varying effectiveness on the different malaria organisms. • Some agents are used for prophylaxis against malaria. • Chloroquine is also used for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Antimalarials: Side Effects • Many side effects for the various agents • Primarily gastrointestinal: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and abdominal painCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Antiprotozoals • atovaquone (Mepron) • metronidazole (Flagyl) • pentamidine (Pentam) • iodoquinol (Yodoxin, Di-Quinol) • paromomycin (Humatin)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Protozoal Infections • amebiasis • giardiasis • pneumocystosis • toxoplasmosis • trichomoniasisCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Protozoal Infections Transmission • Person-to-person • Ingestion of contaminated water or food • Direct contact with the parasite • Insect bite (mosquito or tick)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses atovaquone (Mepron) • Protozoal energy comes from the mitochondria • Atovaquone: selective inhibition of mitochondrial electron transport • Result: no energy, leading to cellular death Used to treat mild to moderate P. cariniiCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses metronidazole • Disruption of DNA synthesis as well as nucleic acid synthesis • Bactericidal, amebicidal, trichomonacidal Used for treatment of trichomoniasis, amebiasis, giardiasis, anaerobic infections, and antibiotic- associated pseudomembranous colitisCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses pentamidine • Inhibits DNA and RNA • Binds to and aggregates ribosomes • Directly lethal to Pneumocystis carinii • Inhibits glucose metabolism, protein and RNA synthesis, and intracellular amino acid transport Mainly used to treat P. carinii pneumonia and other protozoal infectionsCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  20. 20. Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses iodoquinol (Yodoxin, Di-Quinol) • “Luminal” or “contact” amebicide • Acts primarily in the intestinal lumen of the infected host • Directly kills the protozoa Used to treat intestinal amebiasisCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  21. 21. Antiprotozoals: Mechanism of Action and Uses paromomycin • “Luminal” or “contact” amebicide • Kills by inhibiting protein synthesis Used to treat amebiasis and intestinal protozoal infections, and also adjunct therapy in management of hepatic comaCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  22. 22. Antiprotozoals: Side Effects atovaquone • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia metronidazole • metallic taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps iodoquinol • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, agranulocytosisCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  23. 23. Antiprotozoals: Side Effects pentamidine • bronchospasms, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, acute pancreatitis, acute renal failure, increased liver function studies paromomycin • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach crampsCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  24. 24. Antihelmintics • diethylcarbamazine (Hetrazan) • mebendazole (Vermox) • niclosamide (Niclocide) • oxamniquine (Vansil) • piperazine (Vermizine) • praziquantel (Biltricide) • pyrantel (Antiminth) • thiabendazole (Mintezol)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  25. 25. Antihelmintics • Drugs used to treat parasitic worm infections: helmintic infections • Unlike protozoa, helminths are large and have complex cellular structures • Drug treatment is very specificCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  26. 26. Antihelmintics • It is VERY IMPORTANT to identify the causative worm • Done by finding the parasite ova or larvae in feces, urine, blood, sputum, or tissue – cestodes (tapeworms) – nematodes (roundworms) – trematodes (flukes)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  27. 27. Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action and Uses diethylcarbamazine (Hetrazan) • Inhibits rate of embryogenesis thiabendazole (Mintezol) • Inhibits the helminth-specific enzyme, fumarate reductase Both used for nematodes (tissue and some roundworms)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  28. 28. Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action piperazine (Vermizine) and pyrantel (Antiminth) • Blocks acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, resulting in paralysis of the worms, which are then expelled through the GI tract Used to treat nematodes (giant worm and pinworm)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  29. 29. Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action mebendazole (Vermox) • Inhibits uptake of glucose and other nutrients, leading to autolysis and death of the parasitic worm Used to treat cestodes and nematodesCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  30. 30. Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action niclosamide (Niclocide) • Causes the worm to become dislodged from the GI wall • They are then digested in the intestines and expelled Used to treat cestodesCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  31. 31. Antihelmintics: Mechanism of Action oxamniquine (Vansil) and praziquantel (Biltricide) • Cause paralysis of worms’ musculature and immobilization of their suckers • Cause worms to dislodge from mesenteric veins to the liver, then killed by host tissue reactions Used to treat trematodes, cestodes (praziquantel only)Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  32. 32. Antihelmintics: Side Effects niclosamide, oxamniquine, praziquantel, thiabendazole, piperazine, pyrantel • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache mebendazole • diarrhea, abdominal pain, tissue necrosisCopyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  33. 33. Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Antihelmintic Agents: Nursing Implications • Before beginning therapy, perform a thorough health history and medication history, and assess for allergies. • Check baseline VS. • Check for conditions that may contraindicate use, and for potential drug interactions.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  34. 34. Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Antihelmintic Agents: Nursing Implications • Some agents may cause the urine to have an asparagus-like odor, or cause an unusual skin odor, or a metallic taste; be sure to warn the patient ahead of time. • Administer ALL agents as ordered and for the prescribed length of time. • Most agents should be taken with food to reduce GI upset.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  35. 35. Antimalarial Agents: Nursing Implications • Assess for presence of malarial symptoms. • When used for prophylaxis, these agents should be started 2 weeks before potential exposure to malaria, and for 8 weeks after leaving the area. • Medications are taken weekly, with 8 ounces of water.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  36. 36. Antimalarial Agents: Nursing Implications • Instruct patient to notify physician immediately if ringing in the ears, hearing decrease, visual difficulties, nausea, vomiting, profuse diarrhea, or abdominal pain occur. • Alert patients to the possible recurrence of the symptoms of malaria so that they will know to seek immediate treatment.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
  37. 37. Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Antihelmintic Agents: Nursing Implications Monitor for side effects: • Ensure that patients know the side effects that should be reported. • Monitor for therapeutic effects and adverse effects with long-term therapy.Copyright © 2002, 1998, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
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