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How should I choose which anti-malaria medication to take?

There are many different kinds of anti-malaria medications. Because there are four different species of malaria parasites that are known to infect humans, different medications are used to treat them. Particular medicines are useful to combating certain parasites and not others. The kind you take depends on several things, including whether the drug is preventive or being used to treat already-existing malaria, how far along your infection may be, how old you are, any possible side effects, and where and when you may have contracted the disease, among others. Also, drug resistance has become a problem in certain parts of the world, which leaves some of the preferred medications useless in these areas. If you are in need of malaria medication, seek medical attention and let a doctor help you determine which kind of prescription is right for you.

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