Malarone is a medication used to treat malaria. The treatment combines the two active drugs atovaquone and proguanil, which both work to prevent the growth of P. falciparum parasites that cause malaria. Malarone is used to treat or prevent malaria, often prescribed as a preventative measure when travelling to malaria prevalent areas. Start a consultation with our online doctor to buy Malarone at Pharmacy Online.
- Destroys the malaria-associated P. falciparum parasite in red blood cells
- Suitable for treating or preventing malaria
- Branded version of the cheaper generic Atovaquone/Proguanil
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Malarone works by preventing or destroying P. falciparum parasites present in red blood cells. These parasites cause malaria, and once destroyed, are unable to infect the human body.
Malarone is used as both a malaria treatment and prevention. This makes Malarone a suitable medicine for tackling malaria before infection, as well as after infection. Due to this, many individuals are prescribed Malarone when traveling to high-risk countries where malaria is more common.
To prevent malaria, Malarone is taken 1 to 2 days prior to traveling to an area where malaria is more common. The medication is then taken daily during the time spent in that area, then for a minimum of 7 days following your leave
Should I take Malarone before travelling?
There are four common strains of malaria parasites, with some strains more prevalent in areas than others. When considering Malarone as a malaria prevention treatment before travelling, you should check which strain is the most common in the area first.
Malarone is suitable for preventing the P. falciparum parasite and has not been shown to be as effective for other malaria-associated parasites.
There are multiple malaria prevention treatments available based on different strains. To find out which strain may be most common in your intended travel area, please visit the Government Fit For Travel website for the most up-to-date travel information.
How much Malarone do I need?
As Malarone is taken once daily for the duration of your trip, our online doctor will assess how much Malarone you need to ensure you are protected throughout your travels. You should take Malarone for the full length of time prescribed by your doctor.
As well, you should consider that Malarone is taken 1-2 days before travelling, and 7 days after travelling. For help with your Malarone prescription, start a consultation with our online doctor.
When to take Malarone?
The course of Malarone should begin 1 to 2 days prior to travelling to an area where malaria is more common. Once arrived, take Malarone for the duration of your stay, with one tablet taken once daily with food to effectively prevent malaria.
You should continue to take Malarone for a minimum of 7 days after you leave the area in order to destroy any parasites present from an infected bite.
What do I do if I miss a Malarone dose?
If you miss a Malarone dose, take a tablet as soon as possible. Do not take more than one dose a day, so skip the missed dose if it is close to the time of your next dose; and continue your regular schedule of one tablet daily.
What if I am sick whilst taking Malarone?
In cases of vomiting within one hour of taking Malarone, you will need to repeat your dose in order to replace the lost medication. This will ensure you are adequately protected against malaria. Once you have repeated the dosage, continue to follow the course of Malarone as normal.
Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Malarone?
It is safe to consume alcohol whilst taking Malarone. However, the possible side effects of dizziness may become worse in combination with alcohol. As alcohol can also increase the chances of vomiting, ensure that you are adequately protected with a repeated dose if vomiting occurs within one hour of Malarone dosage.
You should stop drinking alcohol if vomiting or dizziness occurs.
Can Malarone make you tired?
Malarone has been known to cause feelings of dizziness, which can make you feel tired. In cases where tiredness occurs after taking Malarone, it is recommended that you get some rest to avoid tiring yourself out or making side effects worse.
For a full list of possible side effects, read the Malarone patient information leaflet.
As with any medication, there are possible risks of side effects when taking Malarone. Some of these are mild and mostly subside over time. Others may pose more serious risks and should be reported to your GP right away if experienced.
Please get in touch with a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking Malarone.
Common side effects of Malarone may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Disturbance to sleep
- Decreased appetite
- Skin reactions
Malarone can sometimes lead to skin irritation, rashes and blisters. This can result in peeling skin, often occurring around the mouth. If you do begin to develop a rash, seek medical help immediately.
Before taking Malarone or any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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