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CHLOROQUINE (Aralen) [CLOR-oh-kwin]
How to use this medication
Chloroquine is a medication used to treat different types of arthritis. While taking this medicine it is important to have your eyes checked at least once a year.
It will take 8 to 12 weeks for the medicine to work. It is important for you to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. This is to make sure the medicine isn’t affecting the back of the eye.
Side effects & important things to know
Chloroquine agrees with most people. Rarely it can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.
Chloroquine can rarely cause a rash or itchiness. Stop the medicine and let your doctor know if you develop a rash or become itchy. This is rare.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking chloroquine. You do not need to wean off it. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.