Information for the Patient
NIVAQUINE™ SYRUP 100 ml
(Each 5 ml contains 68 mg Chloroquine Sulphate BP
equivalent to 50 mg chloroquine base)
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NIVAQUINE SYRUP
This leaflet should be read carefully before you start to take the syrup as it is a summary of important information about the medicine. This leaflet also gives additional advice on how to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. If you have any questions, or are not sure about anything to do with your treatment, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
ABOUT THIS MEDICINE
Why has my child been given NIVAQUINE Syrup?
NIVAQUINE is usually given to help prevent your child getting malaria. Malaria is spread by mosquitos. Some mosquitos carry the malaria parasites and can infect your child with them if they bite your child - it can take up to a week or more to develop malaria after an infected bite . NIVAQUINE can help prevent your child getting malaria when your child has been bitten by a mosquito. Like other similar medicines, in some cases NIVAQUINE will not give complete protection against malaria. It is, therefore, important you follow all other medical advice.
Make sure that you have told your doctor or pharmacist which countries you are visiting. In some parts of the world the malaria parasites are not affected by chloroquine. If your child has been given another anti-malarial medicine to take with NIVAQUINE, then you must follow the separate directions for it.
Sometimes your doctor may have prescribed NIVAQUINE for treating other conditions. Please contact your doctor if this is the case.
If your child is already taking NIVAQUINE or medicines called "Avloclor" or "PIaquenil" for another condition consult your doctor.
Keep this leaflet for reference until your child has finished taking the medicine.
Before your child takes NIVAQUINE Syrup
If the answer is YES to any of the following questions you should discuss the matter with your doctor or pharmacist before your child takes any of the syrup.
Even if you are breast feeding and taking NIVAQUINE this will not protect your baby against malaria. It is important that you discuss this with your doctor.
How should my child take NIVAQUINE Syrup?
It is very important that your child takes NIVAQUINE syrup properly. If your child does not take enough, he/she has a greater risk of developing malaria.
NIVAQUINE is a trade mark 56/69/28
If your child takes too much, he/she may develop side effects
Do not be tempted to give your child the syrup more often unless your Doctor or Pharmacist tells you to.
What other measures must I take to reduce the risk of
Like other anti-malarial medicines, NIVAQUINE does not give guaranteed complete protection against malaria. Your child should also try to avoid being bitten by mosquitos by doing the following:-
Advice on the above can be obtained from your doctor or pharmacist before you leave home
In the countries you are visiting you should obtain information and supplies from a local pharmacist
In the UK further information and supplies can be obtained by telephoning the Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad (MASTA) on 071 631 4408 The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has a 24 hour recorded help line on 0891 600 350 and recorded advice on preventing mosquito bites on 0891 600 274 (calls are charged at 48p per minute at peak rate and 36p per minute at other times)
How can I tell if my child has developed Malaria?
If any of the following symptoms develop when you are away or within 1 year of arriving home:
High temperature with chills, shivering or sweating,
Headache, diarrhoea, other 'flu-like' symptoms,
or, if you have any concern about your child's health, you should contact a doctor.
What should I do if I think my child may have developed Malaria?
What should I do if my child accidentally takes too much syrup?
If your child has taken too much syrup accidentally
Does NIVAQUINE Syrup have Side Effects?
As well as benefits most medicines may have unwanted effects in some people.
The following minor side effects on NIVAQUINE are well known. You need not worry about them unless they become troublesome:
Shortly after taking NIVAQUINE you childís eyesight may become blurred. If your child is affected in this way, make sure that your child does not take part in unsupervised activities until this effect has disappeared - usually within 24 hours
The following are serious side-effects and you should tell your doctor or pharmacist about them immediately
skin trouble such as rash or itching
psoriasis may worsen
severe stomach upset
blurred eyesight which lasts for more than 2 days
loss of hair
If they occur before you leave home your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend an alternative medicine
If your child has any problems which you think may be caused by NIVAQUINE see a doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
How should I store NIVAQUINE Syrup?
How can I tell if NIVAQUINE Syrup can still be used?
This Leaflet: Date of last revision: March 1993
© Rhône-Poulenc Rorer 1993
Prepared In conjunction with Dr. D. Warhurst
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine