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DRUG INTERACTIONS: See also How to Use section.

The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring.

To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: agalsidase, mefloquine, penicillamine, sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine, products that may harm the liver (such as acetaminophen, isoniazid, alcohol).

This medication can speed up or slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include cyclosporine and praziquantel among others.

Many drugs besides chloroquine may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including amiodarone, dofetilide, mefloquine, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), among others. Therefore, before using chloroquine, report all medications you are currently using to your doctor or pharmacist.

Cimetidine is a nonprescription drug that is commonly used to treat extra stomach acid. Because cimetidine and other antacids may interact with chloroquine, ask your pharmacist about other products to treat extra stomach acid.

Take chloroquine at least 2 hours before or after taking ampicillin. Chloroquine may decrease the amount of ampicillin in your body and the ampicillin may not work as well.

Although no longer available in the United States, a certain rabies vaccine (HDCV) may not work as well if given while you are taking chloroquine.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, slow/shallow breathing, seizures, inability to wake up (coma).

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as eye exams, reflex tests, liver tests, EKG, complete blood counts) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects if you are taking chloroquine for long periods. Consult your doctor for more details.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature at 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised May 2010. Copyright(c) 2010 First Databank, Inc.

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