What is Malirid (Primaquine) used for?
Malirid (Primaquine) is an oral antimalarial medication prescribed to treat or prevent a malaria infection. It destroys or disables the malaria parasites allowing them to be expelled from the body. This condition is typically caused by a mosquito bite in certain areas of the world including central Africa, Southeast Asia, or South America. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Malirid (Primaquine)?
Follow your physician's instructions while using Malirid (Primaquine) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. When preventing an infection during travel, one tablet is normally taken daily for one to two weeks before, during, and three to eight weeks following the trip to make sure all parasites are destroyed. Larger and more frequent doses may be required when treating an infection that has already occurred, but your dosage and frequency of administration will be determined by your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole and unaltered with a large glass of water to aid absorption. Never split, crush, or chew the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or changing the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Malirid (Primaquine)?
When used correctly, Malirid (Primaquine) will not commonly cause side effects in most patients. Inform your physician if you do experience any unusual symptoms such as darkened urine, upset stomach, or vomiting to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Before using Malirid (Primaquine), inform your physician if you have rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, or G6PD deficiency as these conditions may cause unexpected health complications requiring reduced dosages or other adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Malirid (Primaquine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.