August 29, 2016
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Malaria Facts (cont.)

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What is the treatment for malaria?

Besides supportive care, the medical team needs to decide on the appropriate antibiotics to treat malaria. The choice will depend on several factors, including

  • the specific species of parasite identified,
  • the severity of symptoms, and
  • determination of drug resistance based on the geographic area where the patient traveled.

Physicians will administer the medication in pill form or as an intravenous antibiotic depending on above factors.

The most commonly used medications are

  • chloroquine (Aralen),
  • doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox),
  • quinine (Qualaquin),
  • mefloquine (Lariam),
  • atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone),
  • artemether/lumefantrine (Coartem), and
  • primaquine phosphate (Primaquine).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/26/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/malaria_facts/article.htm

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