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Chloroquine phosphate (Aralen®) is a prescription drug used to treat and prevent certain types of malaria infections. It can also be given as a treatment for amebiasis. The medication works by killing the parasites that cause these infections, although the specific mechanism of action is not known.
Chloroquine comes in tablet form. How often and how long you will take it depends on the reason why the medicine has been prescribed. Side effects are possible, and some people may not be able to take this medication, so review both the safety information for chloroquine with your healthcare provider and any other drugs you are taking.
(Click Chloroquine for more information on this drug, including specific side effects to watch for, dosing tips, and whether a generic version is available.)
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