Chloroquine (Oral Route, Intramuscular Route)Drug Information provided by: Micromedex
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Chloroquine is a medicine used to prevent and treat malaria, a red blood cell infection transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, and to treat some conditions such as liver disease caused by protozoa (tiny one-celled animals).
Malaria transmission occurs in large areas of Central and South America, Hispaniola, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. Country-specific information on malaria can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or from the CDC's web site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbk.
This medicine may be given alone or with one or more other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Chloroquine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, chloroquine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
- Arthritis in children
- High levels of calcium in the blood associated with sarcoidosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus; SLE)
- Various skin disorders
For patients taking chloroquine for arthritis or lupus :
- This medicine must be taken regularly as ordered by your doctor in order for it to help you. It may take up to several weeks before you begin to feel better. It may take up to 6 months before you feel the full benefit of this medicine.
- If your symptoms of arthritis do not improve within a few weeks or months, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This product is available in the following dosage forms: