How it should be taken
It comes as a solution for injection, to be administered by a healthcare provider into a large muscle.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
Adult dose-80mg twice a day one day 1,followed by 80mg once a day for 4 days.Max dose-480mg.
Children-1.6mg/kg twice a day on day 1,follwed by same dose once daily for 5 days.Max dose-9.6mg/kg
A 3 day regime is also used alternatively.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This medication is a potent and quick acting antimalarial agent,used for treating chloroquine resistant falciparum malaria,including cerebral malaria.
Category C :
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney disease, heart problem, infection, mental illness, HIV, any allergy, who are taking other medications.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Store it in refrigerator.