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How do medications treat malaria?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anti-malaria medications are used both as a way to prevent malaria and as a way to treat it once a person has been infected. There are several different types of medicines given to a person with malaria, depending on what strain of parasite has infected them. All work to kill the parasite in the red blood cells. A medication called primaquine in particular combats dormant malaria parasites in a person's liver. Preventive medicines should be taken for a period of time beginning from before a person travels to an endemic area, extending through their travels, and then continued for a particular amount of days following their trip; the length of time varies depending on the medication.

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