I have a friend that just told me that she has Malaria. She said she has to go to the hospital every day for an injection for around the next 2 weeks. Is this a typical treatment. Why not just take pills? I`m just trying to wrap my head around this and understand the different treatments.
This is certainly not typical treatment for malaria. Uncomplicated malaria is usually treated with oral medication, and the type depends on the type of malaria you have. The most severe form of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, is often resistant to chloroquine (still the first-line drug of choice for P. malariae, P. knowlesi and P. ovale infections, as well as for P. vivax in most parts of the world) and so first-line treatment is now usually an artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), such as Coartem.
As far as I am aware, it is only in cases of complicated, severe malaria that intravenous or intramuscular treatment is used (usually quinine), and in those cases, treatment would not be administered on an outpatient basis. It may be that your friend has a specific medical requirement for a non-oral form of medication, but it is definitely unusual!
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