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Malarone malaria tablets

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Malarone tablets are a branded medication used to prevent and treat malaria. If you are travelling to a region that has a particularly high risk of malaria, malarone should be taken 2 days prior to your trip, every day of your trip and for 7 days after.

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Information about malaria

Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease that is caused by a parasite known as plasmodium. It's spread through the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito, which predominantly bite at sundown and through the night.

Malaria is mainly found in tropical regions, and is present in over 100 countries worldwide. These countries are generally found in Africa and Asia, but also in Central and South America, Haiti and the Domincan Republic, parts of the Middle east and a few Pacific islands. 

Malaria symptoms include fevers, shivering, muscle pains, tiredness, diarrhoea and vomiting. These symptoms usually appear between 7 and 18 days after becoming infected and they should not be ignored. Malaria should always be suspected if these symptoms occur within the first year of return from an infected area, and a test should be carried out to exclude the possibility of malaria as soon as possible.

Preventing malaria and how malarone works

If you are travelling to an area that is high risk for malaria, it is heavily advised to take steps to protect yourself from catching the disease. The NHS promotes the ABCD approach to prevention - awareness of risk, bite prevention, check if you need antimalarials, diagnosis. 

Malarone is an antimalarial that is prescribed, if suitable, to people travelling to high risk locations. Antimalarials can reduce the risk of malaria infection by 90%*, so when combined with bite prevention, the risk of catching malaria is drastically reduced. 

Malarone contains 2 active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride. The combination of these ingredients kills the malaria parasite, preventing the onset of a malaria infection. 

Do I need a prescription for malarone?

To obtain malarone before your travels, you will need a prescription. 

Our LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor clinicians can prescribe you malarone, if suitable. You can then have this prescription delivered or collect it in one of our pharmacies. 

If you already have a malarone prescription, you can log into your LloydsPharmacy account, search and pay for your medication, then send us your prescription. We can then have the medication delivered to you. 

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Malarone frequently asked questions

  • If I take malarone do I need to use insect repellent?

    Even if you’re taking an antimalarial such as malarone, it is important you take the necessary steps to ensure you protect yourself from getting bitten.

    While you are in the high risk malaria area, you should be using an insect repellent that contains DEET on any exposed skin and when you’re sleeping. Try and sleep somewhere that has effective air conditioning, as well as mosquito nets or screening on the doors and windows. It is best to wear loose fitting trousers and long sleeve shirts, particularly at dusk and through the night.

  • Does malarone work in all malaria risk areas?

    The combination of atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride that is found in malarone is suitable for all regions where malaria is found. There are some other antimalarials that cannot be used in certain regions to protect from malaria.

  • Will I experience side effects when taking malarone?

    Malarone side effects are uncommon, however, like most medicines some people may experience them. These side effects include stomach upset, a rash, mouth ulcers and headaches. 

    It is not advisable to take malarone if you have kidney problems or are pregnant.

  • How can malaria be treated if I catch it?

    A blood test will be required to diagnose malaria. Generally speaking, if malaria is caught early it can be treated and a full recovery is to be expected.

    The medicines used to prevent malaria are also used to treat it. However, if you have been taking an antimalarial and catch malaria, a different antimalarial will have to be used to treat it. In some instances doctors will recommend a combination treatment of antimalarials to help your body fight off the parasite.