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Amodiaquine

Information

Uses

Amodiaquine is used in the treatment of malaria

How it works

Amodiaquine is a weak base that reaches high concentration within the malarial parasite and causes accumulation of toxic heme pigment, which kills it.

Common side effects

Nausea, Rash, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Headache, Itching, Loss of appetite, Stomach pain, Vomiting, Weakness

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have or had heart problem, low levels of potassium/magnesium in blood, epileptic seizures (fits), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
  • Inform your doctor if you have kidney/liver/nerve or eye disease, any condition suggestive of harm to white blood cells (symptoms include sudden high fever, shaking, sore throat/mouth ulcers).
  • Take amodiaquine as recommended to ensure complete recovery from illness. Do not modify the dose or abruptly discontinue the treatment even after symptoms of malaria have disappeared.
  • Do not use this medicine for more than prescribed duration as long term use of this medicine may lead to vision loss.
  • Do not consume alcohol while on this treatment as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Amodiaquine

Q.

Does amodiaquine itch?
Amodiaquine may cause itching as a side effect. Please contact your doctor if you observe any such symptoms after taking this medicine

Q.

Does amodiaquine contain sulphur?
No. amodiaquine does not contain sulphur.


Content on this page was last updated on 14 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)