How do you treat malaria?
Malaria can be treated with a number of different types of medication; which one to use depends on the type of malaria you have, as well as whether resistant strains are known to occur in your area. Below I have copied the response I wrote to a similar question on malaria treatment, posted on the 2nd of May, 2011:
In most cases of non-Plasmodium falciparum malaria (the most deadly form of malaria, found throughout the world but most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa), and even in some places where P. falciparum has not yet developed resistance, treatment with chloroquine is sufficient.
The dosage will depend on body weight (usually approximated by age). Where there is a risk of chloroquine-resistant malaria occurring, treatment of non-complicated cases will usually consist of orally-administered artemisinin-based combination therapy (or ACT) – again, the dosage will depend on age/weight.
For severe malaria, parenteral ingestion of drugs is required. For the treatment of cerebral malaria, caused by P. falciparum, quinine is the traditional drug of choice, though artemisinin has also been shown to be effective. Anti-convulsants and anti-pyretics (to reduce fever) should also be administered.
In cases of infection with P. vivax or P. ovale, the parasite can become dormant in the liver and result in a relapse of the disease if not treated properly. As such, patients with either of these forms of malaria should also be treated with primaquine.
If you have, or suspect you have a health problem, you should visit a physician for a medical diagnosis and treatment.