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Hydroxychloroquine Dosage

General Information on Dosing Hydroxychloroquine

Some considerations for people taking hydroxychloroquine include the following:
 
  • Hydroxychloroquine comes in tablet form. It is taken once a week to prevent malaria, starting two weeks before anticipated exposure and continuing until four to eight weeks after you return from the high-risk area. For other uses, it is usually taken once or twice a day.
     
  • It is best to take hydroxychloroquine with food or a glass of milk in order to prevent stomach upset.
     
  • Using this medication for malaria prevention in children creates unique problems, since it is available only in adult-strength tablets and since the drug is extremely bitter. However, your healthcare provider and pharmacist can work together to create a solution to these problems for your child.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Hydroxychloroquine will not work adequately if you stop taking it too soon.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or hydroxychloroquine dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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