What is Malirid (Primaquine) used for?
Malirid (Primaquine) is used to treat malaria or to prevent the disease from returning in patients who are infected with the disease. It is used on its own, or together with other drugs such as primaquine. This drug may also be used to treat a lung disease caused by fungus known as pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia.
How should I use Malirid (Primaquine)?
Malirid (Primaquine) tablets are taken orally. These tablets are usually taken once daily, or as directed by your physician. Taking them with food may help to reduce the risk of a stomach upset. This drug is normally taken for 14 days after leaving the area affected by malaria, and started during the final 1 to 2 weeks of your other treatment for malaria, or as soon as you have finished your other medication. However, this drug should not be taken for more than 14 days.
What are the side effects of Malirid (Primaquine)?
Malirid (Primaquine) may cause:
Consult your physician if you experience any side effects.
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 any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.