Malaria medicine cholroquine-avoclor

Malaria medicine cholroquine-avoclor

Avloclor (Av-loh-klor) is a medicine which is used in amoebic hepatitis and amoebic abscess, discoid lupus erythematosus, malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Avloclor contains chloroquine phosphate. It is supplied by AstraZeneca UK Limited.

Information specific to: Avloclor 250mg tablets when used in malaria

Avloclor is used to prevent malaria as well as to treat acute attacks of malaria. It can do both because it attacks malaria parasites and prevents them multiplying.

Avloclor, in the treatment of auto-immune diseases helps to suppress over activity in the immune system and limits inflammation. This helps to reduce signs and symptoms of the disease such as pain and swelling.

Avloclor needs to be taken for a few months for autoimmune diseases before any improvement is noticed.

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should take. It also tells you how often you should take your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should take. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Avloclor is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

  • have or have had epilepsy
  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • are elderly
  • drink alcohol heavily
  • have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • have kidney problems
  • have liver problems
  • have porphyria
  • have psoriasis

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care
  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects

Over time it is possible that Avloclor can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Avloclor has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Avloclor:

  • kaolin
  • amiodarone
  • ciclosporin
  • cimetidine
  • digoxin
  • mefloquine
  • neostigmine
  • praziquantel
  • pyridostigmine
  • rabies vaccine

The following types of medicine may interact with Avloclor:

  • aluminium salts
  • antiulcerants
  • medicines that cause blood problems
  • antacids
  • anticonvulsants
  • antimalarials
  • calcium salts
  • cardiac glycosides
  • magnesium salts
  • parasympathomimetics

If you are taking Avloclor and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Avloclor:

  • you should only take this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Avloclor, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine’s taste and appearance and to make it easier to take. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

You should check that you are able to take the ingredients in your medicine, especially if you have any allergies.

Avloclor contains:

  • chloroquine phosphate
  • magnesium stearate Ph.Eur
  • maize starch Ph.Eur

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Avloclor before, do not take Avloclor. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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