Chloroquine Over the Counter
Active ingredient: Chloroquine
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What is chloroquine?
Chloroquine is a drug used for the treatment of Malaria. The same active ingredient chloroquine to combat malaria parasites and is anti-inflammatory. The drug is suitable both for the prevention of malaria infection as well as for the treatment of acute malaria attack. Chloroquine is only available on prescription.
What is chloroquine used for?
Malaria is a disease which can occur in tropical areas. It is caused by a parasite, which by the bite of an infected mosquito enters the body. Malaria causes fever, seizures, which often with chills, vomiting, diarrhea, and joint pain associated. Chloroquine to combat malaria-causing parasites. Due to its anti-inflammatory effect of the drug is prescribed in some cases, also for rheumatism, or Lupus erythematosus.
How to use chloroquine?
The tablets should be taken with water during or shortly after meals. To of a malaria infection should avoid taking it shortly prior to your journey started in a malaria area and led to at least four weeks after return. Chloroquine may cause, in some cases, after some time (serious) eye discomfort. In the case of an application over a number of years, as well as a high dosage of the drug, the eyes must be subjected to regular checks by the ophthalmologist.
In this respect, the doctor is not otherwise prescribed, apply the following guidelines for the dosage of chloroquine: For Malaria Prevention:
- Adults and children 13 years and older: oral, once weekly, 300 mg a day. You start taking 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the trip. If this is not possible, so you take two days prior to departure per day each, 300 mg, and then follow the normal schedule. Continue the application over a period of four to eight weeks after the return.
- Children between 11 and 12 years: 250 mg according to the above Schedule.
- Children between 7 and 10 years of age: 150 mg according to the above Schedule.
- Children between 4 and 6 years of age: 100 mg according to the above Schedule.
- Children up to 4 years of age and a minimum weight of 10 kg: 50 mg according to the above Schedule.
Chloroquine tablets are not suitable for children with a body weight of under 10 pounds. For the treatment of Malaria, rheumatism, or Lupus erythematosus, other dosing recommendations apply. Read leaflet before use of the drug in the pack.
The use of chloroquine may cause the following side effects:
- Itchy Skin Rash;
- Gastro-Intestinal Complaints;
- Temporary blue discoloration of the mucous membranes and nails.
- Eye symptoms such as intermittent blurred vision.
These or other side effects should be occur to an increased extent, discuss this with your doctor. The package insert contains further information on this topic.
When should you not use chloroquine?
Chloroquine is not suitable for every Person. Do not use chloroquine if you are:
- Are allergic to chloroquine or any of the other ingredients of the drug;
- The muscle disease Myasthenia gravis, as well as retinal or visual field changes suffering.
Discuss the use of chloroquine with your doctor first if you suffer from other health problems. Chloroquine interacts with certain other medications. The doctor can give information about which drugs can be taken in conjunction with chloroquine.
Pregnancy / Driving Ability / Alcohol
Use of chloroquine during pregnancy or lactation only on the advice of your doctor. You dispense with eye problems (blurred vision) on the participation in road traffic. There are no warnings concerning the consumption of alcohol apply to chloroquine.