Adult: Initially, 800 mg, then 400 mg after 6-8 hr and a further 400 mg once daily for 2 succeeding days. Alternatively, 800 mg as single dose. Child: Initially, 13 mg/kg as single dose then 6.5 mg/kg after 6, 24 and 48 hr.
Oral Discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus, RA (rheumatoid arthritis)
Adult: Initially, 400 mg daily as single or in 2 divided doses. Maintenance: 200-400 mg daily, according to response. Max: 6.5 mg/kg/day or 400 mg daily, whichever is lower. Child: Up to 6.5 mg/kg daily or 400 mg daily, whichever is lower.
Oral Prophylaxis of malaria
Adult: Initially, 400 mg once wkly, 2 wk before exposure and continued until 8 wk after exposure. Alternatively, if 2-wk lead-in period is not possible, 800 mg as loading dose in 2 divided doses 6 hr apart, then 400 mg once wkly continued until 8 wk after exposure. All doses should be taken on same day of each wk. Child: 6.5 mg/kg once wkly, 2 wk before exposure and continued until 8 wk after exposure. Alternatively, if 2-wk lead-in period is not possible, 13 mg/kg as loading dose in 2 divided doses 6 hr apart, then once wkly treatment for 8 wk after exposure. All doses should be taken on same day of each wk.
Should be taken with food.
Pre-existing maculopathy of the eye.
Patient w/ G6PD deficiency, DM, haematological and GI disorders, alcoholism, porphyria, psoriasis. Renal and hepatic impairment. Childn. Pregnancy and lactation.
This drug may cause dizziness and blurred vision, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitor for signs/symptoms of cardiac compromise; CBC, serum glucose, proximal muscle strength and reflexes, LFT, renal function. Perform baseline and periodic eye examination.
Symptoms: Headache, visual disturbances, CV collapse, convulsions, and hypokalaemia. Rhythm and conduction disorders, including QT prolongation, Torsades de Pointes, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, followed by sudden potentially fatal resp and cardiac arrest. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Perform gastric lavage or emesis immediately. Activated charcoal can be introduced into the stomach by tube following lavage w/in 30 min of ingestion, given in a dose at least 5 times of the overdose to inhibit further absorption. Administer diazepam IV to reverse cardiotoxicity. Resp support and shock management should be instituted as needed.
Hydroxychloroquine may enhance the effect of hypoglycaemic agents. May increase plasma digoxin level. Increased risk of Torsades de pointes w/ QTc-prolonging agents (e.g. disopyramide, quinidine, amiodarone, sotalol, cisapride). Increased risk of convulsion w/ mefloquine. Antacids may interfere w/ hydroxychloroquine absorption.
Description: Hydroxychloroquine is a 4-aminoquinoline derivative. It interferes w/ parasite digestive vacuoles by increasing pH and interfering w/ parasite’s ability to metabolise and utilise erythrocyte Hb. The mechanism of action in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus erythematosus has not been fully elucidated. Pharmacokinetics: Absorption: Rapidly and completely absorbed. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1.83 hr. Distribution: Widely distributed in the body. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk (small amounts). Plasma protein binding: Approx 40%, mainly to albumin. Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver into desethylhydroxychloroquine and desethylchloroquine (major metabolites) and small amount of bisdesethylchloroquine. Excretion: Via urine (15-25% as metabolites, ≤60% as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: Approx 40 days.
P01BA02 - hydroxychloroquine ; Belongs to the class of aminoquinoline antimalarials.
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