- It is used to treat or prevent malaria.
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has had any changes in eyesight due to chloroquine.
- If your child is taking cimetidine.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- A very bad eye problem has happened with this drug. This may lead to long-lasting eyesight damage. The risk may be higher in older people if this drug is used for a long time or if a higher dose of this drug is used. Talk with the doctor.
- Get your child an eye exam as you have been told by the doctor.
- Be careful if your child has G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.
- Have your child’s blood work checked. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
- Other measures are needed along with this drug including using screens, bed netting, insect repellent (10% to 35% DEET), and permethrin spray on clothing and nets. Avoid spraying most insect repellents on children. Lower evening and night-time outdoor activity.
- Ask the doctor before you give your child antacids with this drug.
- Keep away from children. Accidental exposure may cause death. If a child takes this drug by accident, get medical help right away.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- If your child is pregnant and is traveling to a malaria-infested place, talk to the doctor about the risks first.
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Fever that happens while in or after coming back from the malaria area.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Weight loss.
- Any bruising or bleeding.
- Mood changes.
- Change in hearing.
- Ringing in ears.
- Muscle weakness.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Belly pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Change in color of skin to blue-black.
- Change in color of hair.
- Hair loss.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Give as you have been told to help prevent malaria.
- Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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