Chloroquine 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.
Nivaquine P 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 Nivaquine P 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.
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 Nivaquine P available over the counter?
Yes,it is available over the counter
Q. Is Nivaquine P 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 Nivaquine P 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 Nivaquine P 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 Nivaquine P cause nightmares/insomnia?
Nivaquine P 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.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 16th Oct 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.