- Prevents Malaria
- Treats Malaria
- Used in high risk destinations
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What is Malarone?
Malarone is one of the latest treatments introduced to prevent malaria. If you are travelling to a destination that is a high risk area for malaria, you should take Malarone tablets before, during and after you come back from your trip.
It is a prescription-only medication. You can buy Malarone tablets online at Medicine Direct. Following an online consultation with a doctor, who will prescribe you these tablets if they deem it a suitable treatment for you, you can order this medication from our online pharmacy. Place your order by 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery on your tablets.
We sell doses ranging from 16 tablets (1 week's worth of medicine), right the way up to 12 months' worth of tablets, depending on how long you intend to travel for.
What is Malarone used to treat?
These tablets are used in the prevention of catching malaria when you travel to a destination that is designated a high-risk area. It is also an effective treatment for malaria if you catch it while abroad.
It is a branded antimalarial medication that contains two active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil. These ingredients prevent you from developing malaria from mosquito bites, which are very common in tropical countries. Mosquito bites can pass malaria straight into the bloodstream.
Malaria is a tropical disease that is responsible for over a million deaths each year, so travellers should be very aware of the facts and the areas in the world that pose the highest risk of catching it. Malaria is a parasite that multiplies in the body's red blood cells, it is not a virus or bacterial infection.
Malaria in humans is caused by four different species of plasmodium:
The symptoms of malaria occur in stages, normally in 48 hour cycles. It is a contagious disease that can be spread by both animals and humans. If you suffer from malaria and do not receive proper treatment, you could have recurrences of the disease months later.
However, while malaria is a serious and highly infections disease, it can be cured in a way that kills all the malaria parasites, making for a full recovery. To properly treat malaria, you will need the right medication.
Who can use Malarone?
Malarone is an effective malaria prevention and treatment medicine, but it is not suitable for everyone to take.
Do not take Malarone tablets if you are allergic to atovaquone, proguanil hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients contained in these tablets (see the Ingredients tab for full details).
Do not use Malarone to prevent malaria if you have severe kidney disease.
Speak to your doctor before taking Malarone if any of the following apply to you:
- You have severe kidney disease
- Your child weighs less than 11 kg and is being treated for malaria
Always read the patient information leaflet for full details.
Possible side effects
As with all medications, Malarone comes with the risk of possible side effects, although these will not affect everyone who takes it.
Most common side effects are mild and do not last for long.
Common adverse effects of using Malarone include:
- Stomach pains
- Feeling sick or being sick
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Strange dreams
- A skin rash that may be itchy
Speak to a doctor if any of these effects bother you or do not go away.
If you have a blood test, these reactions may show up in your results:
- Low levels of sodium in your blood
- An increase in liver enzymes
- A reduced number of red blood cells – this can cause headaches, shortness of breath and tiredness
- A reduced number of white blood cells, making you more vulnerable to infections
- A decrease in all blood cell types
Please note, these lists are not exhaustive. For rarer and more serious reactions, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.
Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of adverse effects you may suffer while using Malarone tablets.
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Malarone.
Always take malaria tablets like Malarone exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take them. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are not sure how to take the tablets.
Whenever possible, take Malarone tablets with food or a milky drink. Doing this will increase the amount of Malarone your body can absorb, which will make the treatment more effective. For the best results, try to take the tablets at the same time every day.
To prevent malaria
As a prevention for malaria, adults are normally instructed to take 1 tablet once a day.
Malarone is not recommended for children or adults who weigh less than 40 kg to prevent malaria.
Start taking Malarone tablets 1-2 days before entering a country that poses a risk of malaria.
Continue to take the tablets every day during your stay there.
Continue taking the tablets after you have returned home for 7 days.
To treat malaria
As a malaria treatment, adults should take 4 tablets once a day for 3 days.
How much a child will need to take will depend on their body weight. Malarone tablets are not recommended for children who weigh less than 11 kg.
- 11-20 kg – 1 tablet once a day for 3 days
- 21-30 kg – 2 tablets once a day for 3 days
- 31-40 kg – 3 tablets once a day for 3 days
- Over 40 kg – the same dose as for adults.
What if I take more than I am supposed to?
If you accidentally take too much Malarone, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If possible, take the medication packet with you.
What if I forget to take it?
To successfully treat malaria, it is very important that you take the full course of Malarone.
If you forget to take a dose, do not worry; just take it as soon as you remember and continue taking the tablets as normal.
Never take extra tablets to try and make up for missing a previous dose.
If you vomit after taking it
If you are sick within one hour after taking Malarone, take another dose straight away.
If you have to take extra tablets as a result of vomiting, you may need another prescription. It is vital that you complete a full course of Malarone to effectively prevent and treat malaria.
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Malarone Side Effects
Rarer side effects of Malarone may include:
- An increased heart rate
- Panic attacks, crying
- Seizures (fits)
- Severe mental problems where you lose contact with reality or cannot think clearly
- Inflammation of the blood vessels
- Increased skin sensitivity to sunlight
- Mouth ulcers
- Skin peeling
Uncommon side effects also include:
- Hair loss
- Heart palpitations
- Swelling or redness of the mouth
A rare side effect may also include hallucinations.
Speak to your doctor if any of the above reactions bother you.
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to Malarone. You should either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You are finding it difficult to speak or breathe
- You have swelling in your face, mouth, lips, tongue or throat
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
- You develop a skin rash that may be red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
You may require immediate treatment in hospital.
Please read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, for full details on side effects. If you have any concerns about side effects, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this medication.
Malarone Warnings and drug interactions
Malarone may interact with other medicines, which may hinder its effectiveness and increase your risk of side effects.
Before taking a new medicine, you must always tell your doctor if you are already taking any other form of medication. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are currently taking any of the following:
- Etoposide, which is used to treat cancer
- Metoclopramide, which is used to treat nausea and vomiting
- The antibiotics tetracycline, rifampicin and rifabutin
- Any medicines to stop blood clotting, such as warfarin
- Efavirenz or certain highly active protease-inhibitors used to treat HIV
If you have any concerns or questions at all about whether Malarone is a suitable medicine for you to use, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor before you start to take it.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Malarone should not be taken by women who are pregnant unless specifically instructed to do so by a doctor.
Always make sure your doctor is aware if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
Malarone's ingredients can get into your breast milk and may harm your baby. Women who are breastfeeding should not take these tablets.
We recommend using BUMPS for additional information on taking this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The two active ingredients contained in Malarone are proguanil hydrochloride and atovaquone.
The following inactive ingredients are also contained: poloxamer 188, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, povidone K30, sodium starch glycolate (Type A) and magnesium stearate.
Speak to your doctor before taking these tablets if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
How it works - get your medicine in 3 simple steps
- 1 Choose your treatment Select the treatment or medication you need and answer a few questions online regarding your condition.
- 2 Online consultation Our Independent Prescribers will review your questions and assess your suitability for the medication.
- 3 Receive your delivery Your medication is dispensed and delivered directly to you from our UK based Pharmacy.