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It is used to treat or prevent malaria infections.
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better in a few days. If you are taking this medicine for a long time, visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks. If you notice any changes in your vision see your eye doctor for an eye exam.

If you get a fever during or after you start taking this medicine, do not treat yourself. Contact your doctor or health care professional immediately.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

While in areas where malaria is common, you should take steps to prevent being bit by mosquitos. This includes staying in air- conditioned or well- screened rooms to reduce human- mosquito contact, sleep under mosquito netting, preferably one with pyrethrum- containing insecticide, wear long- sleeved shirts or blouses and long trousers to protect arms and legs, apply mosquito repellents containing DEET to uncovered areas of skin, and use a pyrethrum- containing flying insect spray to kill mosquitos.

If you are currently taking or have taken this medicine in the past 3 weeks, you should not take halofantrine (another malarial drug). Dangerous heart side effects may occur. Talk to your health care provider.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • blurred vision, or change in vision
  • fainting spells
  • fever or chills
  • headaches, confusion, or other mental changes
  • hearing problems
  • joint or muscle aches
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • ringing in the ears
  • seizures
  • skin rash, itching (there may be severe itching without a rash)
  • unusual changes in heart rate or other heart problems
  • unusually weak or tired
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • drowsiness
  • hair loss
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite
  • mild diarrhea
  • nausea
  • stomach pain or upset

               
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