ARALEN Reviews

Average Rating: 1.0 (6 Ratings)

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DATE ADDED
 
 1  Anti malaria for travel to Haiti Rash over whole body starting 3 weeks after taking first dose. This was followed by feeling faint. I stopped the medication at this point. A few days later paranoia & symptoms similar to bipolar 1 ( hallucinations, insomna, paranoia) began and lasted for a month. i was hospitalized and Didn't realize the cause until months later. I will never take this again. F 27
1X D
10/25/2012
 1  anti-malaria for Costa Rica travel extreme nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, blurred vision F 56 5 weeks
500 mg 1X W
8/7/2011
 1  Malaria prevention stomach cramps, diaharea, muscle pains, depression for the love of God, dont take this medication unless you really have to. I got back from vacation 4-5 days ago and im still feelin like crap. stomach is horrible M 27 2 weeks
5/11/2008
 1  malaria preventative Vertigo, and extremely low blood pressure causing fainting. First occurred in 2001 after a trip to Costa Rica. Doctors ran extensive tests, including 2 EEGs, and decided I had a seizure disorder. I refused medication for it, knowing I'd never had a seizure. On a recent trip to Nicaragua, identical symptoms returned after my 3rd dose of Aralen. F 45 5 weeks
1/27/2006
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 1  Precautionary for Costa Rica I experienced at least 1 side effect symptom from each level of listed side effects; from common to rare. Vision clouding, hearing loss, anxiety, panic, depression, dark taring stools. I would never, ever take this medication again. The protocol for prescription should require that all physicians obtain their patient's history to learn of any anxiety, panic, depression of their patients before prescribing. M 47 4 weeks
9/9/2005
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 1  malaria prophylaxis tinnitus, vertigo, depression, anxiety M 23 7 weeks
9/5/2005
  

ARALEN  (CHLOROQUINE PHOSPHATE):  Chloroquine is used to prevent or treat malaria caused by mosquito bites in countries where malaria is common. Malaria parasites can enter the body through these mosquito bites, and then live in body tissues such as red blood cells or the liver. This medication is used to kill the malaria parasites living inside red blood cells. In some cases, you may need to take a different medication (such as primaquine) to kill the malaria parasites living in other body tissues. Both drugs may be needed for a complete cure and to prevent the return of infection (relapse). Chloroquine belongs to a class of drugs known as antimalarials. The United States Centers for Disease Control provide updated guidelines and travel recommendations for the prevention and treatment of malaria in different parts of the world. Discuss the most recent information with your doctor before traveling to areas where malaria occurs. Chloroquine is also used to treat infection caused by a different type of parasite (ameba) by killing the ameba.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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