A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Chloroquine is an anti-malaria medicine that works by interfering with the growth of parasites in the red blood cells of the human body. Chloroquine is used to treat and to prevent malaria. Chloroquine is also used to treat amebiasis (infection caused by amoebae). Chloroquine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the right dosage and as it applies to your personal circumstances. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take chloroquine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
If you are allergic to chloroquine; any part of chloroquine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had. If you have ever had any eye changes or changes in eyesight. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take chloroquine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
Some side effects of chloroquine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them (please note that this list is not exhaustive, always talk to your doctor for any concerns): Change in hair color hair loss increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight redness or other discoloration of the skin severe sunburn stomach cramps trouble sleeping weight loss Common side effects may include: diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps; headache; changes in hair or skin color; temporary hair loss; or mild muscle weakness. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.