Aralen Hydrochloride Overview
Chloroquine is a prescription medication used to prevent and treat malaria. It is also used to treat amebiasis (an infection caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica). This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antimalarials and amebicides. The exact way it works to kill parasites is unknown.
Chloroquine comes in tablet form. Take this medication with food to minimize stomach upset. Chloroquine is taken once or twice a day. If used for the prevention of malaria, it is taken once a week beginning 2 weeks prior to traveling to an area where malaria is common.
Common side effects include headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and upset stomach.
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Uses of Aralen Hydrochloride
Chloroquine is a prescription medication used to prevent and treat malaria. It is also used to treat amebiasis (an infection caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica).
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Aralen Hydrochloride Drug Class
Aralen Hydrochloride is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Aralen Hydrochloride
Common side effects include:
- stomach cramps
- loss of appetite
- blurred vision
- hearing problems
- hair loss
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Chloroquine. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Aralen Hydrochloride FDA Warning
For Malaria and Extraintestinal Amebiasis