Chloroquine is a medication used to prevent malaria. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor and not listed in this leaflet.
Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite (Plasmodium species), which can be spread to humans by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.
Rare but serious side effects include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
You must ask your doctor or pharmacist if this medication is suitable for the region that you are travelling to as chloroquine resistance may be widespread for some geographic areas.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking any of the medications below:
This is not a complete list of all possible drug interactions with this medication. Check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is near the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual schedule. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
To prevent malaria, you may protect yourself against mosquito bites by:
Following these guidelines and medication does not mean that you will not get malaria. If you have a fever or experience chills between 1 week and up to 1 year after your return, you should seek medical attention. Inform the doctor that you have been to a country where malaria is common. Malaria can be effectively treated if discovered early. A delay in treatment may result in serious health problems.