The main uses of mepacrine are as an antiprotozoal, antirheumatic and an intrapleural sclerosing agent.
Antiprotozoal use include targeting giardiasis, where mepacrine is indicated as a primary agent for patients with metronidazole-resistant giardiasis and patients who should not receive or can not tolerate metronidazole. Giardiasis that is very resistant may even require a combination of mepacrine and metronidazole.
Mepacrine is also used off-label for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, indicated in the treatment of discoid and subcutaneous lupus erythematosus, particularly in patients unable to take chloroquine derivatives.
AVAILABILITY OF MEPACRINE
Many UK pharmacies are struggling to obtain this medicine, but don't worry, Hive is here to help. If you require this medication, ask your GP to prescribe this way for example:
"Mepacrine Hcl 100mg tablet (Special Order)
Take one three times daily
If you're unsure whether your prescription is valid, send a photo to our dispensary team using the whatsapp number: +44 7828 884035
Then post the prescription to us at the following address:
23 Edinburgh Drive
Once received, we will busily dispense the medication for you and post it to you by Royal Mail, for free.