primaquine

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Treats and prevents malaria.

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primaquine can effective in treating malarial infections, but there are many precautions while taking primaquine.

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

Upsides

  • primaquine is a good choice to treat and prevent malaria in some parts of the world.
  • primaquine only has to be taken once a day.
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Downsides

  • primaquine has many drug interactions.
  • You must be tested for G6PD before taking primaquine.
  • primaquine can cause many severe side effects.
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How it works

primaquine is an antimalarial. It kills malarial parasites by destroying any traces of it in the body and prevents it from spreading through your blood.

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

Used for

  • Malaria
  • Preventing malarial relapse
  • Treatment of Pneumocystis pneumonia in HIV

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take primaquine for Treats malaria

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Stomach cramps
  • Blood problems
  • Heart problems
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Risks and Warnings for primaquine

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    • Higher risk if:
    • G6PD deficiency
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Lupus
    • Other drugs that can suppress your bone marrow

    primaquine can lower your blood count. Before you take this medication, let your doctor know if you have any blood conditions, or on any medicines that may suppress your bone marrow.

Pharmacist Q&A

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This medication treats and prevents relapses of malaria.

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This medication treats and prevents relapses of malaria.

Common concerns from people taking primaquine

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Interactions
  • primaquine has many drug interactions. Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you are on any medicines including vitamins and supplements.
  • primaquine can interact with many drugs, let your doctor know what medicines you are currently taking.
  • primaquine has many drug interactions.
Food
  • Take primaquine with food to help with any stomach discomfort.