1. What are the different types of treatment options for malaria?
The various medications used to treat malaria include:
First-line treatment: Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)-artesunate-amodiaquine, artemether-lumefantrine (Coartem)
In cases where the parasite is sensitive to the drug chloroquine phosphate
Quinine sulphate (qualaquin)
Malarone (atovaquone + proguanil)
Doxycycline (Monodox, Vibramycin)
2. Are there any side effects for the treatment of malaria?
Yes, treatment for malaria has the following side effects:
Headache or dizziness
Loss of appetite
Pale skin or yellowish skin
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea
Rarely serious allergic reaction
3. Is the cost of treatment of malaria high?
The cost of malaria treatment is:
10 U.S. cents for an adult per course of chloroquine treatment which is a vital and effective drug
Artemisinin combination therapy (ACT), the new effective drug is US$2.40 for an adult per course of treatment
4. What is the duration for the treatment of malaria?
The duration of malaria treatment depends on the following:
Your age and clinical status
If you are pregnant
Type of parasite you are infected with
Severity of symptoms
Medication or any other co-existing illness
5. What are the most common medicines for the treatment of malaria?
The most common medications for treating malaria include:
Doxycycline, tetracycline, or clindamycin (in combination with quinine)