Medicines for the prevention of malaria while traveling - Chloroquine
Corporate Authors:Center for Global Health (U.S.). Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.
Description:What is chloroquine? -- Who can take chloroquine? -- Who should not take chloroquine? -- How should I take chloroquine? -- Where can I buy chloroquine? -- In what parts of the world can chloroquine be used for prevention of malaria in travelers? -- Will chloroquine interact with my other medications? -- What are the potential side effects of chloroquine? -- Other considerations -- How long is it safe to use chloroquine?
Chloroquine (also known as chloroquine phosphate) is an antimalarial medicine. It is available in the United States by prescription only. It is sold under the brand name Aralen, and it is also sold as a generic medicine. It is available in tablets of two sizes: 150mg base (250mg salt) and 300mg base (500mg salt).
You should know that the 150mg base tablet is the same as the 250mg salt tablet and the 300mg base tablet is the same as the 500mg salt tablet. It is just two different ways of describing the same thing.
Chloroquine can be prescribed for either prevention or treatment of malaria. This fact sheet provides information about its use for the prevention of malaria infection associated with travel.
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