Aralen (chloroquine)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Do I need a prescription for this drug?

Yes, you need a prescription for Aralen from your doctor or other health care professional.

What are the uses for Aralen?

Aralen is used for treating:

  • Acute attacks of malaria due to P. vivax, P. malariae, P. ovale, and susceptible strains of P. falciparum
  • Extraintestinal amebiasis

Aralen is not effective for malaria prevention. It suppresses malaria infection, stops acute attacks, and lengthens the time between treatment and relapse.

It's off-label use (non-FDA approved use) is for the treatment of porphyria cutanea tarda.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/4/2017

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