Primaquine Genetic Information

G6PD is an enzyme in your body that is responsible for helping red blood cells to work properly. Some patients are born with less of this enzyme in their bodies, leading to the destruction of red blood cells. When primaquine is used in patients with G6PD deficiency, they have a higher chance of experiencing hemolytic anemia (a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells to deliver oxygen to your tissues).

G6PD testing may be done to determine whether you are at a higher risk of experiencing hemolytic anemia if you are to be treated with primaquine.

Your doctor will select an alternative medication as primaquine should not be given to patients with G6PD deficiency.

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  • Malaria
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Uses of Primaquine


Primaquine is used in the treatment of:

  • Malaria, Falciparum

Primaquine is used in the prevention of:

  • Malaria, Vivax

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Primaquine Drug Class

Primaquine is part of the drug class:

Primaquine Interactions

This is not a complete list of Primaquinedrug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Primaquine Dosage

Take primaquine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Primaquine dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following (use any or all that apply):

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

Primaquine is available in the following doses:

  • Primaquine 15 Mg Oral Tablet
  • Primaquine Compounding Powder

Forms of Medication

Primaquine is available in the following forms:

  • Oral Tablet