About Aralen Phosphate (Generic)

Chloroquine is used to prevent or treat malaria caused by mosquito bites in countries where malaria is common. Malaria parasites can enter the body through these mosquito bites, and then live in body tissues such as red blood cells or the liver. This medication is used to kill the malaria parasites living inside red blood cells. In some cases, you may need to take a different medication (such as primaquine) to kill the malaria parasites living in other body tissues. Both drugs may be needed for a complete cure and to prevent the return of infection (relapse). Chloroquine belongs to a class of drugs known as antimalarials. The United States Centers for Disease Control provide updated guidelines and travel recommendations for the prevention and treatment of malaria in different parts of the world. Discuss the most recent information with your doctor before traveling to areas where malaria occurs. Chloroquine is also used to treat infection caused by a different type of parasite (ameba) by killing the ameba.

Other uses for Chloroquine

Take this medication by mouth, usually with food to prevent stomach upset, exactly as directed by your doctor. Daily or weekly dosing, dosage amount, and length of treatment are based on your medical condition, on whether you are preventing or treating the illness, and your response to treatment. The dosage in children is also based on weight. To prevent malaria, take chloroquine once weekly on the same day each week, or as directed by your doctor. Start this medication usually 1 to 2 weeks before you enter the malarious area, continue to take it weekly while in the area, and weekly for 4 to 8 weeks after leaving the area, or as directed by your doctor. Mark your calendar or travel schedule with a reminder to help you remember. To treat malaria infection or an ameba infection, follow your doctor's instructions. Take this medication 4 hours before or after taking a certain drug for diarrhea (kaolin) or taking antacids (such as magnesium/aluminum hydroxide). These products may bind with chloroquine, preventing your body from fully absorbing the drug. It is very important to continue taking this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of this drug than prescribed. Do not stop taking it before completing treatment, even if you feel better, unless directed to do so by your doctor. Skipping or changing your dose without approval from your doctor may cause prevention/treatment to be ineffective, cause the amount of parasite to increase, make the infection more difficult to treat (resistant), or worsen side effects. It is important to prevent mosquito bites (such as by using appropriate insect repellents, wearing clothes that cover most of the body, remaining in air-conditioned or well-screened areas, using mosquito nets and insect-killing spray). Buy insect repellent before traveling. The most effective insect repellents contain diethyltoluamide (DEET). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend the appropriate strengths of mosquito repellent for you/your children. No drug treatment is completely effective in preventing malaria. Therefore, seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms of malaria (such as fever, chills, headache, other flu-like symptoms), especially while in the malarious area and for 2 months after completing this prescription. Quick treatment of malaria infection is needed to prevent serious, possibly fatal, outcomes. When using chloroquine for treatment of malaria, tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Can I Buy Chloroquine Online?

Chloroquine is available as an over the counter medicine from your pharmacy, so you don't need to see a doctor for a prescription in order to be able to buy it. Look for generic version of Chloroquine to get the best price at the participating online pharmacy near you.

How much does chloroquine cost? The cost for chloroquine oral tablet 250 mg is around $50 for a supply of 60 tablets, depending on the pharmacy you visit.

There are no specific restrictions on who can buy Chloroquine over the counter. However, before you buy them you should check with your doctor or pharmacist that they will provide the required level of protection for the area you are travelling to. Bear in mind that these tablets are not safe for anyone allergic to any of the ingredients. Though buying Chloroquine over the counter is quicker and more convenient, it is generally safer to obtain them with a prescription. This is because you are required to visit a doctor or nurse to discuss your travel plans with them in detail.

Safely buy Chloroquine tablets online. When buying Chloroquine pills online, you should always look for websites that feature a registered pharmacy logo. This means that the pharmacy is operating safely and legally, and that the medicines you want to buy are safe to do so. If you're unsure, you can always visit your local pharmacist to talk through your options for your upcoming holiday.

Dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Malaria Prophylaxis

500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally on the same day each week. If possible, suppressive therapy should start 2 weeks prior to exposure; if unable to start 2 weeks before exposure, an initial loading dose of 1 g chloroquine phosphate (600 mg base) may be taken orally in 2 divided doses, 6 hours apart.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Malaria Prophylaxis

Infants and children: 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally on the same day each week. Pediatric dose should not exceed the adult dose regardless of weight. If possible, suppressive therapy should start 2 weeks prior to exposure; if unable to start 2 weeks before exposure, an initial loading dose of 16.7 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (10 mg base/kg) may be taken orally in 2 divided doses, 6 hours apart.

Usual Adult Dose for Malaria

Less than 60 kg:

First dose: 16.7 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (10 mg base/kg) orally.

Second dose (6 hours after first dose): 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally.

Third dose (24 hours after first dose): 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally.

Fourth dose (36 hours after first dose): 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally.

Total dose: 41.7 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (25 mg base/kg) in 3 days.

60 kg or more:

1 g chloroquine phosphate (600 mg base) orally as an initial dose, followed by 500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally after 6 to 8 hours, then 500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally once a day on the next 2 consecutive days. Total dose: 2.5 g chloroquine phosphate (1.5 g base) in 3 days.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Malaria

Infants and children less than 60 kg:

First dose: 16.7 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (10 mg base/kg) orally.

Second dose (6 hours after first dose): 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally.

Third dose (24 hours after first dose): 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally.

Fourth dose (36 hours after first dose): 8.3 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (5 mg base/kg) orally.

Total dose: 41.7 mg chloroquine phosphate/kg (25 mg base/kg) in 3 days.

60 kg or more:

First dose: 1 g chloroquine phosphate (600 mg base) orally.

Second dose (6 hours after first dose): 500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally.

Third dose (24 hours after first dose): 500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally.

Fourth dose (36 hours after first dose): 500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally.

Total dose: 2.5 g chloroquine phosphate (1.5 g base) in 3 days

Usual Adult Dose for Amebiasis

1 g chloroquine phosphate (600 mg base) orally once a day for 2 days, followed by 500 mg chloroquine phosphate (300 mg base) orally once a day for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Treatment is usually combined with an effective intestinal amebicide.

Side effects

Side effects from chloroquine phosphate can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

Chloroquine important drug interactions

Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking. Chloroquine may cause dizziness. Don't drive, operate machinery, or perform other tasks that require alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Alcohol may worsen certain side effects of chloroquine. Let your healthcare provider know if your symptoms either don't improve or worsen while taking this medicine. Chloroquine may make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and tanning booths and wear sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Don't receive any vaccination (especially a rabies vaccine) while using chloroquine without first discussing it with your doctor. Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant while taking chloroquine. You'll have to discuss the risks and benefits of using this medicine during pregnancy. Chloroquine passes into breast milk and may harm a breastfeeding baby. Don't breastfeed while taking this drug without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Benefits

Reasons that might make you consider using Chloroquine

Researchers have discovered that this drug is effective at fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus in studies done in test tubes. At least 10 clinical trialsTrusted Source are currently looking at the potential use of chloroquine as an option for combating the novel coronavirus.