How does sulfadoxine and pyrimethamine treat malaria?

Sulfadoxine fights bacteria in the body, and pyrimethamine is an antiparasitic drug that prevents the growth and reproduction of parasites. The combination of pyrimethamine and sulfadoxine is used to treat malaria, a disease caused by parasites that typically enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common in areas, such as Africa, South America and Southern Asia.

Pyrimethamine and sulfadoxine combination is usually given when other anti-malaria medications may not be as effective in treatment or prevention.

Your results will depend on whether you are taking sulfadoxine and pyrimethamine for the prevention or treatment of malaria. If you are taking the medication for the prevention of malaria, your results will be continual good health throughout your exposure and afterward. Treatment for malaria should take a relatively short amount of time, especially if it is paired with quinine therapy.

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