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Key Features

  • Typically the most affordable anti-malarial treatment
  • Tablets are taken daily - start 2 days before visiting a malaria risk area, and keep taking the tablets every day for 4 weeks after you leave
  • Highly effective but you must complete the course and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites
  • Prescription includes the tablets you will need before, during and after your trip

About Doxycycline

Doxycycline contains the active ingredient, doxycycline hyclate. Although Doxycycline is very effective, no anti-malarial offers 100% protection so remember to take other anti-mosquito measures

Doxycycline FAQs

What is malaria?

Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If malaria is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal - it only takes one mosquito bite.

What is the difference between Malarone and Doxycycline?

There are many different strains of malaria so the right choice of treatment depends on where you are travelling. The Fit For Travel website lists the most suitable anti-malarial by region. Sometimes it will list both - the choice then comes down to what is most suitable for you. There are also significant clinical considerations - our doctors will be able to advise you on the most appropriate option if you are unsure.

What happens if I forget to take a pill?

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember then carry on as before. Never take two doses at the same time and be sure to take extra anti-mosquito precautions as the treatment may be less effective. Remember to report any feverish illness promptly to a doctor.

What are the side effects?

Side effects include: nausea, diarrhoea, indigestion, a sore mouth, and thrush. Rarer side effects include inflammation of the liver and digestive tract. Doxycycline can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you must use adequate sun protection and avoid excessive sun exposure. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid taking this medicine as it may damage a growing foetus.

Doxycycline can interact with certain medications, so please give us a full list of medicines you are taking when asked.

To minimise your chance of catching malaria and protect against serious side effects, please read the patient information leaflet accompanying the medication carefully.

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