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Medicines for the prevention of malaria while traveling - Primaquine
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    What is primaquine ? -- Who can take primaquine ? -- Who should not take primaquine ? -- How should I take primaquine ? -- In what parts of the world can primaquine be used for prevention of malaria in travelers? -- Where can I buy primaquine ? -- Will primaquine interact with my other medications? -- What are the potential side effects of primaquine ? -- Other considerations -- How long is it safe to use primaquine ? -- For more information.

    Primaquine (also known as primaquine phosphate) is an antimalarial medicine that is available in the United States by prescription only. It is available in tablets of 15mg base (26.3mg salt).

    You should know that the 15mg base tablet is the same as the 26.3mg salt tablet. It is just two different ways of describing the same thing.

    Primaquine has three distinct uses. It can be prescribed by itself for prevention of malaria while traveling for short trips in areas where a certain type of malaria (P. vivax) mainly occurs (see map below). It can be prescribed after returning from a trip of long duration in combination with a second medicine for preventing malaria. Finally, it can be prescribed as a part of a combination with another medicine for the treatment of malaria.

    This fact sheet provides information about its use for the prevention of malaria infection associated with both short and long term travel.


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