How Does This Medication Work?Aralen treats malaria and extraintestinal amebiasis infections by killing the parasites that cause them -- Plasmodium and Entamoeba. The exact manner in which Aralen kills these parasites is not known. However, it is thought to interfere with the parasites' deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which is needed for the parasite to reproduce.
Can Children Take It?Aralen is approved for use in infants and children to treat and prevent malaria. It is not indicated for the treatment of extraintestinal amebiasis in children, as it has not been adequately studied in children for this use.
Can Older Adults Use Aralen?It is unknown whether older adults respond to Aralen differently than other age groups. However, older adults may be more likely to have kidney problems. Because Aralen is removed from the body by the kidneys, older adults may need a lower dose than normal, or may need to have their kidney function monitored while taking this medication.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the uses discussed in this article. This would be known as an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses for Aralen may include the treatment of: