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    Information about Chloroquine

    Chloroquine uses

    Chloroquine is used in the treatment of malaria.

    How chloroquine works

    Chloroquine 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 of chloroquine

    Abdominal pain, Mood changes, Vomiting, Dizziness, Muscle weakness, Loss of appetite, Hair loss, Itching, Hearing disorder, Blurred vision, Visual disturbance, Headache, Bloating, Altered heart rate, Photopsia (presence of perceived flashes of light), Eye disorder, Drowsiness, Ringing in ear, Rash

    Available Medicine for Chloroquine

    • ₹7 to ₹25
      Ipca Laboratories Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹8 to ₹134
      Merck Ltd
      6 variant(s)
    • ₹5 to ₹18
      Bayer Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      6 variant(s)
    • ₹7 to ₹17
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹15 to ₹55
      Universal Medikit
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹8 to ₹19
      Lark Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹8 to ₹17
      Leo Pharmaceuticals
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹19 to ₹29
      Leo Pharmaceuticals
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹62
      FDC Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹8 to ₹160
      Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Chloroquine

    • Take this medication with meals or milk to decrease the risk of stomach upset.
    • This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful while  driving doing  anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
    • Do not start or continue the chloroquine tablets, If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to chloroquine or any of the other ingredients of chloroquine tablet.
    • Do not start or continue the chloroquine tablets, if  you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
    • Check the blood glucose levels during the treatment with chloroquine.
    • Consult your doctor if you experience rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) syndrome after taking chloroquine.
    • Do not use long-term high dosage therapy unless no other drug is available. 
    • Eye examination prior to and at 3–6 monthly intervals during use is required if patients are receiving chloroquine at continuous high doses for longer duration.
    • Full blood counts should be carried out regularly. Caution is required if drugs which induce blood disorders are used concurrently.

    Frequently asked questions for Chloroquine


    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 Chloroquine available over the counter?

    Yes,it is available over the counter

    Q. Is Chloroquine 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 Chloroquine 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 Chloroquine 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 Chloroquine cause nightmares/insomnia?

    Chloroquine 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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)