Brand names - Aralen, Aralen HCl.
Medication type - Antimalarial.
Common side effects - There are no common
side effects associated with this drug.
Rare side effects - Diarrhoea, loss
of appetite, headache, stomach cramps or pain, nausea or vomiting,
itching, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, loss or bleaching of hair,
skin rash. Also blue-black discoloration of skin, inside of mouth,
Serious side effects - Blurred or altered
vision; blood problems including low white blood cell count (sore
throat, fever), anaemia (fatigue, weakness), and low platelet count
(easy bleeding and bruising). Such side effects are extremely rare;
call your doctor immediately if they occur.
Other notes - Take it with food or
milk to reduce the chance of a stomach upset. The use of chloroquine
is discouraged during pregnancy because of the risks it poses to
the unborn child. Consult your doctor for advice. Chloroquine passes
into breast milk; extreme caution is advised. Consult your physician
for specific advice.