Which medications are used for the treatment of malaria in pregnancy?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Pregnant women (especially primigravidas) are up to 10 times more likely to contract malaria than nongravid women and have a greater tendency to develop severe malaria. Medications that can be used for the treatment of malaria in pregnancy include the following:

  • Chloroquine

  • Quinine

  • Atovaquone-proguanil

  • Clindamycin

  • Mefloquine (avoid in first trimester)

  • Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (avoid in first trimester)

  • Artemether-lumefantrine [1]

  • Artesunate and other antimalarials [2]

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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