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Chloroquine

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking chloroquine if you have:
 
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Psoriasis
  • Porphyria (an inherited skin condition)
  • Alcoholism
  • A condition called G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) deficiency
  • Any eye or vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • A history of seizures
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Chloroquine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Chloroquine Work?

Chloroquine belongs to a class of medications called antimalarials. It works by killing the parasites that cause infections. Although it is not exactly known how chloroquine does this, it is thought that the drug interferes with the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of the parasites.
 

Chloroquine Drug Information

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