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Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet

Prescription Required

Overview

Introduction of Leoquin EC Tablet

Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet is an antiparasitic medicine, used for the prevention and treatment of malaria. It works by killing the malaria causing parasite and stops the infection from spreading.

Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet should be used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Take it with food to decrease the risk of stomach upset. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early can result in treatment failure and increase the side effects too. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Simply take the next dose as planned. Take measures to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes like, using insect repellent creams on parts of your body, not covered by clothing. Spray mosquito repellant to kill any mosquitoes that may have entered rooms in spite of screening. Wear light-coloured and covered clothing when you are outside after sunset.

Some people may experience weakness, vomiting, rash and itching, as side effects of this medicine. It may also cause stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite and nausea. Please consult your doctor if these side effects persist for a longer duration.

Inform your doctor if you have diabetes as it can lower the sugar levels in the blood. If you are diabetic, you should monitor your blood sugar regularly. It may cause blurring of vision. Therefore, regular eye examinations are recommended while on treatment with this medicine. When used long term, your doctor may monitor the amounts of the different types of blood cells in your blood regularly. Inform your doctor if you have unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, fever, or general feeling of tiredness.

Uses of Leoquin EC Tablet

Leoquin EC Tablet side effects

Common
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Itching

How to use Leoquin EC Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Leoquin EC Tablet works

Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet is a an antiparasitic medication which treats malaria. It works by increasing the levels of haeme in the blood, a substance toxic to the malarial parasite. This kills the parasite and stops the infection from spreading.

Leoquin EC Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Sometimes Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet causes blurred eyesight or makes it difficult to focus your eyes which may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of liver function tests may be advised while you are taking this medicine.

Alternate Brands

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Expert Advice

  • Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet is used for the prevention and treatment of malaria.
  • Take it with food to decrease the risk of stomach upset.
  • Tips to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes:
    • Wear light-coloured and covered clothing when you are outside after sunset.
    • Use insect repellent creams or sprays on parts of your body not covered by clothing.
    • Spray to kill any mosquitoes that may have entered rooms in spite of screening.
  • It may cause blurring of vision, when you first start taking it. Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration.
  • Eye examination prior to and at 3–6 monthly intervals during use is required if patients are receiving Leoquin EC 250 mg Tablet at continuous high doses for longer duration.
  • It may cause low blood sugar level. Monitor your blood sugar level regularly, if you are diabetic.
  • When used long term, your doctor may monitor the amounts of the different types of blood cells in your blood regularly. Inform your doctor if you have unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, fever, or general feeling of tiredness.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Leoquin EC with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Lefsum, Lefunid
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Helminthex
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Femo, Fagene
MINOR
Brand(s): Lafter, Lafudac, Lafty
MINOR
Brand(s): Acigo, Rin, Ranis
MINOR

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Leoquin EC

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Malaria PV Repeatedly attacks.Just completed Chloroquine+Primaquine Radical treatment with Ofloxacin 200. Though it may com after 3 months or 12 months.I am a Hospital pharmacist and learnt about SYNRIAM TABLET (SUN Pharma).Can I take it ??
Dr. Kamal Rijhwani
General Physician
Get inj emal for 3 days intramuscular
Having high fever and little chest congestion, college gave levatos 500mg one tablet for 3 days and crocin tablets. Temperature is still not coming down, temp rises to 102deg
Dr. Pushkar Mani
Diabetes Specialist
do dengue and malaria test
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FAQs

Q. Is chloroquine a quinine/antibiotic/ contain sulpha/ is still used?

No, it is 4-aminoquinoline and not a quinine/antibiotic. It does not contain sulfa. It is used for the treatment of malaria (due to P. vivax, P.malariae, P. ovale, and susceptible strains of P. falciparum), prevention and suppression of malaria, amoebic hepatitis and abscess, discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis

Q. Is Leoquin EC available over the counter?

Yes,it is available over the counter

Q. Is Leoquin EC safe in G6PD deficiency?

No, as there may be a risk of hemolysis in patients with G6PD deficiency. Always consult your doctor regarding its use

Q. Is Leoquin EC banned in Nigeria?

Yes, it is banned in Nigeria

Q. What is Lariago tablet/Lariago syrup/Lariago-DS/ Resochin used for?

These are the trade names of products containing the drug chloroquine and are used in the treatment of malaria

Q. Does Leoquin EC affect birth control/ affect the birth control pill/contraceptive pill/ menstrual cycle?

No, it does not affect birth control/ affect birth control pill/contraceptive pill/ menstrual cycle. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q. Does Leoquin EC cause nightmares/insomnia?

Leoquin EC causing these side effects is rare or uncommon. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.

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