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THE SAFETY OF ANTIMALARIAL MEDICATIONS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: Malaria can cause serious harm to your baby, including premature delivery, low birth weight, miscarriage, or death. The benefits of treatment with most antimalarial medications outweigh the potential risks to your baby.

 

What are antimalarial medications?

Antimalarial medications are drugs that are used to kill the parasites that cause malaria. These medications are often recommended by your doctor prior to traveling to a region of the world where malaria is present. If you are taking these medications to prevent malaria, they should be taken before traveling, while you are staying in the area, and for a short time after you return home. Types of antimalarial medications that are available include: chloroquine (Aralen), quinine sulfate (Qualaquin), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), mefloquine (Lariam), and atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone). These medications are only available by prescription from your doctor. 


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