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What is Chloroquine?
Chloroquine, also available as Chloroquine Phosphate, is a medication for malaria prevention and treatment in areas where malaria stays sensitive to its effects. You can buy Chloroquine online from a trusted online pharmacy if unavailable at your nearest medical store.
Chloroquine helps treat or prevent malaria, a disease spread by parasites that enter the body through a mosquito bite. It is not effective against all malaria strains or against malaria at sites where the infection has been hydroxychloroquine (a similar drug) resistant.
Before you order Chloroquine online, check the shipping and delivery services of the drug provider. It will help if you prefer buying it from a good online pharmacy.
How to take Chloroquine?
Use the medicine precisely as per the directions. Read carefully and follow all the directions on the prescription label and medication guides.
For prevention of malaria:
The usual dose of chloroquine is once per week on the same day each week.
- Initiate the use of this medicine two weeks before entering malaria struck area. Keep using it during the stay and for at least eight weeks after you leave the site.
For malaria treatment:
- The usual chloroquine intake is one high dose followed by two smaller amounts in two days.
The dosage of chloroquine depends upon the weight in children. There may be a change in your child’s doses if the child loses or gains weight.
Take chloroquine for the full prescribed length of time, even if there is a quick improvement in the symptoms.
Call the doctor promptly if you have exposure to malaria or fever, or other illness symptoms during or after a stay in malaria struck area.
Use insect repellants, protective clothing, and mosquito netting near your sleep area to prevent further mosquito bites that could cause malaria.
No treatment is 100% effective in preventing or treating all malaria types. Check with your medical healthcare provider if you have diarrhea, fever, or vomiting during the treatment.
You may require frequent medical tests and vision exams while using chloroquine.
Store chloroquine away from heat, moisture, and light at room temperature.
What to know before taking Chloroquine?
You should avoid Chloroquine if you are allergic to it or hydroxychloroquine. You may be unable to use this medication if you have ever had damaged retina or vision changes.
Long-term use or high doses of this medicine can lead to irreversible damage to your retina. It may cause permanent vision problems. The retinal damage risk is higher in people with pre-existing kidney disease, eye problems, or people who also use tamoxifen.
Tell your medical healthcare provider if you have ever had:
- Heart rhythm disorder (long QT syndrome), heart disease;
- Retina damage or vision changes caused by anti-malaria medication;
- An electrolyte imbalance (for example, low potassium or magnesium levels in your blood);
- Kidney or liver disease;
- Alcoholism; or
- G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency, a genetic enzyme disorder
Tell the doctor about your pregnancy or your plan to conceive. A pregnant woman is more likely to face this disease’s adverse effects; malaria can cause severe illness or death in a pregnant woman. Malaria during pregnancy may cause an increment in the risk of premature delivery, miscarriage, stillbirth, and low birth weight.
You should avoid breastfeeding while taking chloroquine.
What are the benefits of using Chloroquine?
Chloroquine is beneficial in the prevention and treatment of malaria. It also helps treat amebiasis (infection caused by amoebae).
Chloroquine belongs to the antimalarial class of drugs. Talk to your doctor to get the maximum benefit of this medicine while traveling to malaria areas.
This medicine is not under the recommendation to treat coronavirus infection (COVID-19) unless you have enrollment in a study. Your doctor will help you to know about the risks and benefits.
What are the side effects of Chloroquine?
Go for emergency medical help if you have allergic reactions due to the use of Chloroquine. An allergic reaction sign includes trouble breathing, hives, swelling of your face, throat, lips, or throat, or a severe skin reaction including sore throat, fever, skin pain, burning in your eyes, purple or red skin rash that spreads, causing blistering and peeling.
Call the doctor instantly if you have:
- Serious heart problem: fluttering in your chest, fast or pounding heartbeats, sudden dizziness, and shortness of breath;
- Trouble hearing, ringing in your ears;
- A seizure;
- Loss of coordination, severe muscle weakness, underactive reflexes;
- Low blood sugar level- hunger, headache, irritability, sweating, fast heart rate, dizziness, and feeling shaky or anxious;
- Low blood cell counts- fever, tiredness, chills, mouth sores, unusual bleeding, easy bruising, cold hands and feet, pale skin, feeling lightheaded or short of breath; or
- A severe drug reaction affecting many body parts- fever, skin rash, muscle aches, swollen glands, unusual bruising, severe weakness, or jaundice
Stop using Chloroquine and inform your doctor if you have:
- Low night vision, distorted vision;
- Trouble focusing, blurred vision, trouble reading;
- Cloudy or hazy vision;
- Changes in your color vision;
- Increased sensitivity to light; or
- Seeing light streaks or flashes, seeing halos around lights
Common side effects of Chloroquine may include:
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps;
- Hair loss;
- Unusual changes in behavior or mood; or
- Changes in skin or hair color
It is not a complete list of side effects and other aftermaths that may occur. Take your doctor’s advice regarding side effects. Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How Chloroquine works?
Chloroquine is an antimalarial drug. It helps treat malaria by killing the disease-causing parasites.
The working of this drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosus is not fully understood. However, medical researchers believe that this medicine affects your immune system’s working, which may benefit lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis cases.
What to avoid while using Chloroquine?
Chloroquine may cause impair your reactions and cause blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or performing hazardous activity until you know this medicine’s effect on you.
Avoid taking Kaopectate (kaolin-pectate) or antacid within four hours before or after you take Chloroquine.