Malaria Home > 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.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation

Topics & Medications


Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2020 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.