Lariago 500 mg (Chloroquine)
Lariago DS 500 mg Tablet (Chloroquine), this is a medication to treat or prevent malaria, a disease caused by parasites. This medicine works by interfering with the growth of parasites in the red blood cells of the human body. Parasites that cause malaria typically enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common in areas such as Africa, South America, and Southern Asia. Chloroquine is used to treat
Chloroquine is used for the treatment and prevention of malaria. It may be used to treat amebiasis.
How it works
Chloroquine belongs to group of medicines called 4-aminoquinoline antimalarial. It acts by interfering with the growth of parasites in the red blood cells of the human body.
What is chloroquine?
- Chloroquine is a medication to treat or prevent malaria, a disease caused by parasites. This medicine works by interfering with the growth of parasites in the red blood cells of the human body.
- Parasites that cause malaria typically enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common in areas such as Africa, South America, and Southern Asia.
- Chloroquine is used to treat and to prevent malaria. Chloroquine is also used to treat infections caused by amoebae.
- Chloroquine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take chloroquine?
- Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
- Chloroquine is sometimes given only once per week. Choose the same day each week to take this medication if you are on a weekly dosing schedule.
- To prevent malaria: Start taking the medicine 2 weeks before entering an area where malaria is common. Continue taking the medicine regularly during your stay and for at least 8 weeks after you leave the area.
- Take chloroquine for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. If you are taking this medicine to treat malaria, your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.
- Use chloroquine regularly to best prevent malaria. If you stop using the medication early for any reason, talk to your doctor about other forms of malaria prevention.
- In addition to taking chloroquine, use protective clothing, insect repellents, and mosquito netting around your bed to further prevent mosquito bites that could cause malaria.
- If you use this medication long-term, your blood will need to be tested often. You may also need eye exams, and your doctor may need to check your knee and ankle reflexes. Visit your doctor regularly.
- No medication is 100% effective in treating or preventing malaria. For best results, keep using the medication as directed.
- Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you have been exposed to malaria, or if you have fever or other symptoms of illness during or after a stay in an area where malaria is common.
- Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What are the doses instructions?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of chloroquine can be fatal, especially in children.
What should I avoid while taking chloroquine?
Avoid taking an antacid or Kaopectate (kaolin-pectin) within 4 hours before or after you take chloroquine. Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb chloroquine. If you also take an antibiotic called ampicillin (Principen, Unasyn), avoid taking it within 2 hours before or after you take chloroquine. Chloroquine can make ampicillin much less effective when taken at the same time.
This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Chloroquine side effects
- Some people taking this medication over long periods of time or at high doses have developed irreversible damage to the retina of the eye.
- Stop taking chloroquine and call your doctor at once if you have trouble focusing, if you see light streaks or flashes in your vision, or if you notice any swelling or color changes in your eyes.
- Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Q: Is chloroquine/Lariago safe in first trimester of pregnancy/pregnancy and breast feeding?
A: No, it is not safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q: Is chloroquine a quinine/antibiotic/ contain sulpha/ is still used?
A: 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?
A: Yes, it is available over the counter.
Q: Is chloroquine safe in G6PD deficiency?
A: 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?
A: Yes, it is banned in Nigeria.
Q: What is Lariago tablet/Lariago syrup/Lariago-DS/ Resochin used for?
A: These are the trade names of products containing the drug chloroquine and are used in the treatment of malaria.
Q: Can you take chloroquine with alcohol/ with food?
A: No, Alcohol consumption should be avoided when taking the drug chloroquine. Chloroquine should be taken with food.
Q: Does chloroquine affect birth control/ affect the birth control pill/contraceptive pill/ menstrual cycle?
A: 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?
A: 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.