Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide or patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it.

Take this medicine with food.

You may need to start using Arakoda™ 3 days before you start your trip. You may also need to keep using this medicine for up to 6 months after you get home. Ask your doctor about your schedule.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For preventing malaria:
      • Adults:
        • Before your trip (loading dose)—Two 100 milligrams (mg) tablets taken together once daily for 3 days.
        • While you are in the malaria area (maintenance dose)—Two 100 milligrams (mg) tablets taken together once a week, 7 days after the last loading dose.
        • After your trip—Two 100 milligrams (mg) tablets taken together, 7 days after the last maintenance dose.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For preventing malaria relapse:
      • Adults and children 16 years of age and older—Two 150 milligrams (mg) tablets taken together. This medicine must be taken on the first or second day of your malaria treatment (eg, chloroquine).
      • Children younger than 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Arakoda™:

  • If you miss 1 or 2 daily doses of this medicine before your trip:
    • 1 daily dose: Take the missed dose (2 tablets) then go back to your regular dosing schedule until you have taken a total of 3 daily doses. Start taking your weekly doses 1 week after your last daily dose.
    • 2 daily doses: Take the missed dose (2 tablets), once a day for 2 days in a row for a total of 3 daily doses. Start taking your weekly doses 1 week after your last daily dose.
  • If you miss any weekly doses while you are in the malaria area:
    • 1 weekly dose: Take 2 tablets, 1 time on any day up to the time of your next scheduled weekly dose.
    • 2 weekly doses: Take 2 tablets, 1 time on any day before your next scheduled weekly dose.
    • 3 or more weekly doses: Take 2 tablets, once a day for 2 days up to the time of your next scheduled weekly dose.
  • If you miss taking your last dose of this medicine, 7 days after the last dose that you took while in the malaria area, take the missed dose as soon as you can.

Krintafel™: If you vomit within 1 hour after taking a dose of this medicine, you may take a second dose. Do not take more than 2 doses of this medicine.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.