Compare chloroquine vs. Coartem

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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

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

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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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Used for
  • Malaria
  • Uncomplicated
  • Plasmodium falciparum
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
Price
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Side effects
The chloroquine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Coartem (Artemether / Lumefantrine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Heart problems
    • Heart problems
  • Muscle weakness
    • Long-term use
  • Low blood counts
    • G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency
  • Eye injury
    • Taking high dose of chloroquine
    • Long-term use
    • Taking tamoxifen
    • Low body weight
    • Kidney problems
  • Liver damage
    • Taking other drugs that affect the liver
    • Alcoholism
    • Liver conditions
  • Hearing damage
    • History of hearing problems
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