Sanofi-Aventis | Aralen (Medication)
Aralen/chloroquine is an antimalarial and amebicidal drug. Aralen does not prevent relapses in patients with vivax or malariae malaria because it is not effective against exoerythrocytic forms of the parasite, nor will it prevent vivax or malaria infection when administered as a prophylactic. It is highly effective as a suppressive agent in patients with vivax or malaria, in terminating acute attacks, and significantly lengthening the interval between treatment and relapse. ...
The common side effects that Aralen cause are blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, and diarrhea. If any of these persist or worsen, call your doctor.
More rare, but serious side effect include:seeing light flashes and streaks; blurred vision; reading or seeing difficulties (words disappear, seeing half an object, misty or foggy vision); difficulty hearing; ringing in ears; muscle weakness; drowsiness; vomiting; irregular heartbeats; convulsions; or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these seek medical help immediately. ...
Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you are allergic to it, to other drugs, or if you have any other allergies. Tell your doctor if you are using other medicine and if you have or ever have had any of the following conditions:liver disease, G-6-PD deficiency, hearing problems, porphyria or other blood disorders, psoriasis, vision changes, weakness in your knees and ankles, or if you drink large amounts of alcohol.
Because it can cause dizziness and drowsiness, do not drive and use heavy machinery until you are sure you can perform this activity safely.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps and use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor advice. ...