Medicines for the prevention of malaria while traveling - Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil™)
Corporate Authors:Center for Global Health (U.S.). Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.
Description:What is hydroxychloroquine? -- Who can take hydroxychloroquine? -- Who should not take hydroxychloroquine? -- How should I take hydroxychloroquine? -- Where can I buy hydroxychloroquine? -- In what parts of the world can hydroxychloroquine be used for prevention of malaria in travelers? -- Will hydroxychloroquine interact with my other medications? -- What are the potential side effects of hydroxychloroquine? -- Other considerations -- How long is it safe to use hydroxychloroquine? -- For more information.
Hydroxychloroquine (also known as hydroxychloroquine sulfate) is an arthritis medicine that also can be used to prevent malaria. It is available in the United States by prescription only. It is sold under the brand name Plaquenil and it
is also sold as a generic medicine. It is available in tablets of 155mg base (200mg salt).
You should know that the 155mg base tablet is the same as the 200mg salt tablet. It is just two different ways of describing the same thing.
Hydroxychloroquine 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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