Antimalarial Medications

Antimalarial medications or simply antimalarials are a type of anti- parasitic chemical agent, often naturally derived, that can be used to treat or to prevent malaria, in the latter case, most often aiming at two susceptible target groups, young children and pregnant women.

Can Antimalarial medications be used to prevent Malaria?

Yes, Antimalarial drugs are used to treat malaria and as a prophylaxis (prevention) for malaria.

What is the most used medication to treat Malaria?

The most used medication to treat Malaria is Hydroxychloroquine.

What else is Hydroxychloroquine used for?

Hydroxychloroquine is used in the treatment of arthritis to help relieve inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain and also to help control the symptoms of lupus erythematosus (lupus).

Side effects associated with antimalarial medication include:
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Malaise (feeling of discomfort)
  • Muscular pain (Myalgia)
  • Diarrhea.
  • Cough.

Is is safe to drink Alcohol while taking Antimalarial Medication?

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