Malaria is a worldwide health problem. Good thing, there is Chloroquine
to treat it. Chloroquine is a 4-aminoquiline drug that has long been used to prevent malaria
from creating any more damages in the body. As it also has great activity in the immune system, it is also sometimes used for autoimmune disorders treatment. Rheumatoid arthritis
and lupus erythematosus are commonly aided by Chloroquine.
Aside from wrestling the malaria parasite, Chloroquine is also been found -- through numerous clinical trials -- as a potential antiviral drug which can be used against HIV/AIDS, other viral infections
, and even cancer
. Lately, widespread resistance of the parasite causing malaria to Chloroquine has been found in many areas around the world. In which case, a different antimalarial drug is advisable.
Before taking Chloroquine for any reason, you must first consult your doctor. Only proper diagnosis can make accurate prescription to happen. You can not just take Chloroquine for suspected inflictions. There are also some factors that require a doctor’s supervision. A person’s condition is case sensitive. Your medical history must be discussed thoroughly before proper administration of Chloroquine is achieved. Discuss your allergies
to any component that might be present in Chloroquine to avoid serious allergic reactions
. Your kidney
and liver’s health is also important to look through. Since medicines go through these two important organs, their health matters. If you are found to have liver
or kidney disorders, your doctor would make a dosage adjustment so as to not aggravate your condition.
Like any other medicine, Chloroquine comes with it some side effects that may cause physical discomfort. Among the common side effects of the drug include headache
, blurred vision, stomach
ache, and itch. When administered for a long period of time, say a month or so, and in high doses, Chloroquine may cause mood swings. Chronic use may also cause toxicity in the eye. Observe the correct dosing schedule for Chloroquine. The drug is absorbed rapidly in the gut and just doubling the dosage can be fatal.
Chloroquine comes in tablet form and must be administered properly. Never take less or more than the doctor’s recommended dosage. If you experience any serious bouts with the common side effects of taking the drug, call your doctor immediately. Keep a record of your appointments with your doctor. You will need those in case Chloroquine acted differently. Regular consultation with a doctor through the duration of the treatment is advised. Chloroquine is such a strong drug that has a very high volume of distribution. Its use must be closely monitored.
Store Chloroquine at room temperature and keep it away from children’s reach. Avoid exposing it to heat or moisture as those can affect the efficiency of the drug. Use a Chloroquine’s prescription only for your own and current condition. Do not share the medicine with others or use it for another condition apart from which it was indicated for. Chloroquine is an amazing treatment drug. If you will use it properly, you will surely benefit from most of its healing powers.
Chloroquine has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of chloroquine is C18H26ClN3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is N'-(7-chloroquinolin-4-yl)-N,N-diethyl-pentane-1,4-diamine
• Molecular weight is 319.872 g/mol
• Chloroquine available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets
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