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Please note: This product comes in boxes of 12 tablets (enough for 3 days travel). For ease of ordering, we sell them as weekly supplies. For this reason, you will receive split packaging and not full boxes.
Malarone is a popular choice of antimalarial medication due to the fact that it only has to be started 2 days before travelling and only 7 days afterwards. This makes the treatment easier to complete but also useful if you remember shortly before travelling.
What Malarone is and what it is used for
Malarone belongs to a group of medicines called antimalarials. It contains two active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride.
Malarone has two uses:
Malaria is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, which passes the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) into the bloodstream. Malarone prevents malaria by killing this parasite. For people who are already infected with malaria, Malarone also kills these parasites.
How to take
Take Malarone with food or a milky drink, where possible. This will increase the amount of Malarone your body can absorb, and make your treatment more effective.
To prevent malaria in adults:
start taking Malarone 1 to 2 days before travelling to an area which has malaria
continue taking it every day during your stay
continue taking it for another 7 days after your return to a malaria-free area.
It is very important that you take the full course of Malarone. If you forget to take a dose, don’t worry. Just take your next dose as soon as you remember. Then continue your treatment as before. Don’t take extra tablets to make up for a missed dose. Just take your next dose at the usual time.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, do not take Malarone unless your doctor recommends it.
Do not breast-feed while taking Malarone, as the ingredients of Malarone may pass into breast milk and may harm your baby.
Other medicines and Malarone
Some medicines can affect the way Malarone works, or Malarone itself can strengthen or weaken the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time. These include:
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these. Your doctor may decide that Malarone isn’t suitable for you, or that you need extra check ups while you’re taking it.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very common side effects These may affect more than 1 in 10 people:
Look out for the following severe reactions. They have occurred in a small number of people, but their exact frequency is unknown.
Severe allergic reactions - signs include:
Contact a doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms. Stop taking Malarone.
Before purchasing, please ensure you read the manufacturers Patient Information Leaflet carefully for more information. You will be required to fill out a safety questionnaire prior to purchasing.