- Tablets are taken daily - start taking the medicine two days before you arrive at your destination, and continue taking them every day for a further seven days after leaving the malaria area
- Prescription includes the tablets you will need for before, during and after your trip
- Effective if taken correctly and in conjunction with other measures to avoid mosquito bites
Malarone contains two active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride. Although Malarone is very effective, no anti-malarial offers 100% protection so remember to take other anti-mosquito measures.
|What is malaria?|
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If malaria is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. However, anti-malarial medication is generally effective.
|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 would be 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?|
Take your next dose as soon as you remember, then continue your treatment as before. Do not take extra tablets to make up for a missed dose, just take your next dose at the usual 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 are usually mild, but can include stomach pain, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, insomnia and vivid dreams. Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid taking this medication.
Malarone can interact with certain medications, so please give us a full list of any 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.