What does Chloroquine treat?
Chloroquine is an antimalarial drug prescribed to treat and prevent malaria. This works by killing malaria parasites by attacking their DNA. This can also be used to treat diseases caused by amoebae. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Chloroquine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Always take this with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food. However, if a stomach upset occurs, make sure you have it with food.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms of this drug are headache, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Chloroquine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Chloroquine.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with antacids containing magnesium. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Chloroquine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Chloroquine may have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, stomach pain, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Serious side effects of this drug are rare but may include high fever, depression, fast heartbeat, ringing in ears and unusual bleeding or bruising. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Chloroquine
- Can I take Chloroquine along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Chloroquine?
- What is the dosage of Chloroquine to be consumed?
- How should I use Chloroquine?
- How will Chloroquine work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Chloroquine be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Chloroquine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.