chloroquine

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Prevents and treats malaria, and also treats a type of bowel infection.

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Effectively prevents and treats malaria, and treats a certain type of intestinal infection but can cause serious side effects in certain people.

Quick facts about chloroquine
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Generic only

Upsides

  • chloroquine is generally safe to use during pregnancy and for children.
  • You can take chloroquine with or without food.

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Downsides

  • chloroquine needs to be taken 1-2 weeks before traveling to an area with malaria, compared to some alternatives that can be taken 1-2 days before.
  • chloroquine is only effective against malaria from certain areas of the world.
  • chloroquine may worsen psoriasis, seizures, hearing problems, and liver conditions.

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How it works

chloroquine is an anti-malarial that works by inhibiting the growth of parasites.

Quick facts about chloroquine
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Generic only

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What to expect when you take chloroquine for Malaria prevention

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Side effect rates for chloroquine

Risks and Warnings for chloroquine

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart problems

    In some cases, chloroquine can cause heart problems, especially if you have a history of heart disease. Ask your doctor if chloroquine is right for you.

Common concerns from people taking chloroquine

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  • chloroquine can affect blood counts. If you're taking chloroquine for a long period of time, you may need to do some blood tests to make sure your blood count is normal.
Food
  • You can take chloroquine with or without food.