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  • Doxycycline


  • Medication features

    Doxycycline is a capsule that is used to prevent malaria. It belongs to the family of medicines called antimalarials.

    • Used to prevent malaria infection
    • Kills the parasite responsible for malaria


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

Doxycycline is an antibiotic used in the prevention of malaria symptoms.


  • Why take Doxycycline?

    Doxycycline is used to prevent travellers from getting malaria who travel into high-risk malaria areas, and for the following four weeks after leaving. In some cases, Doxycycline is used alongside other medications to treat cases of malaria.

  • Will doxycycline prevent me from contracting malaria?

    Doxycycline is a very effective chemoprophylaxis antimalarial treatment. Like all antimalarials, it should be used alongside mosquito deterrents such as DEET to provide the strongest possible defence against malaria.

  • Is Doxycycline suitable for my trip?

    Malaria is caused by four different strains of malaria parasite. The various treatment options are based on which strain is the most common in the area that you intend to travel to.

    To help you make sure that you chose the right medication for your trip, visit the government Fit For Travel website for the most up to date travel information.

Side Effects

There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking doxycycline.

Common side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Headache

You should stop taking this medication immediately if you show any signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing or talking, swelling of the tongue, and/or rash.


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet