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Generic Name: primaquine (PRY ma quinn)
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What is primaquine?

Primaquine is an antimalarial drug. The exact way that primaquine works is unknown.

Primaquine is used to treat and prevent malaria.

Primaquine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about primaquine?

Notify your doctor if your urine turns dark.

Use caution when driving or performing other hazardous activities until you know how this medication affects you. Primaquine may cause visual disturbances such as blurred vision, misty vision, and difficulty focusing. Report any vision or hearing changes to your doctor.

Who should not take primaquine?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have

  • a history of an allergic reaction to previous primaquine therapy,

  • glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency,

  • rheumatoid arthritis,

  • lupus erythematosus, or

  • quinacrine (Atabrine) therapy.

You may not be able to take primaquine, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during your therapy if you have any of the conditions listed above.

It is not known whether primaquine will harm an unborn baby. Do not take primaquine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known how primaquine will affect a nursing baby. Do not take primaquine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take primaquine?

Take primaquine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water. Take primaquine with food to lessen stomach upset. Store primaquine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and only take your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a primaquine overdose include nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, and stomach cramps.

What should I avoid while taking primaquine?

Use caution when driving or performing other hazardous activities until you know how this medication affects you. Primaquine may cause visual disturbances such as blurred vision, misty vision, and difficulty focusing. Report any vision or hearing changes to your doctor.

Primaquine side effects

Stop taking primaquine and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (flushing; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face, difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; vision problems; a rash; or itching).

Notify your doctor if you experience darkening of your urine.

Nausea, stomach pain or upset, vomiting, and loss of appetite may also occur during therapy.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect primaquine?

Do not take primaquine if you have recently taken quinacrine (Atabrine). These two drugs are similar and can cause dangerous side effects if they are taken together.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with primaquine. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has more information about primaquine written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Primaquine is available with a prescription generically in 26.3 mg tablets. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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