Malarone tablets are a great choice for last minute travellers as you can start taking the treatment just 1-2 days before your trip. Malarone tablets are more expensive than other malaria tablets, but the key benefit of Malarone is that it is less likely to cause side effects, (compared to other treatments like Doxycycline).
To order malaria tablets, fill in our short assessment questionnaire and select your preferred treatment. Our online doctor will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.
Further pack sizes available - fill in our brief assessment questionnaire and select the pack size that's right for you.
Free standard delivery FREE Estimated Delivery: 23-25th April We dispatch orders every day from Monday to Friday. If placed before 4pm, your order will be dispatched the same day. Orders placed after 4pm will be processed and sent out the next working day. Next Day Click & Collect FREE Collection: 23rd April Collect your order from any Royal Mail post office. You will receive an email or SMS as soon as your order is ready for collection. Your order will be available to collect from the Post Office for up to 18 days. Proof of Identification will be required for collection. Saturday delivery £7.99 Estimated Delivery: 21st April by 1pm Your order will be delivered on Saturday by 1pm. You will choose your delivery option at the checkout. Delivery options may vary depending on the pack size and dosage chosen.
1 week course
16 tablet / 250 mg - £50.00
2 week course
23 tablet / 250 mg - £70.00
3 week course
30 tablet / 250 mg - £88.00
4 week course
37 tablet / 250 mg - £104.00
How do I take Malarone?
You should take one tablet daily. Your course should start 2 days before you travel to an infected area. The treatment should continue for the duration of your stay in an infected area, and then continue for a further 7 days. If you miss a dose, don’t panic. Take it as soon as you remember or, if it is near your next dose, skip the forgotten dose and continue treatment as normal. If you vomit or have diarrhoea within an hour of taking Malarone, take a repeat dose. In the case of an overdose, seek medical assistance.
Paediatric Malarone tablets are available for children weighing 11 to 40 kg. The same instructions apply, just with this different tablet. You should take your tablet with food and liquids.
Active ingredient of Malarone
Each Malarone tablet contains atovaquone 250mg and proguanil hydrochloride 100mg. Malarone tablets also contain Poloxamer 188 BP., microcrystalline cellulose Ph.Eur., low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose USNF., povidone K30 Ph.Eur., sodium starch glycollate BP., magnesium stearate Ph.Eur., methylhydroxypropyl cellulose Ph.Eur., titanium dioxide Ph.Eur., iron oxide red E172, macrogol 400 Ph.Eur. and polyethylene glycol 8000 USNF.
Malarone side effects
- Feeling sick
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hair loss
- Tiredness and weakness
- Anaemia (low red blood cell count)
- Disturbance of salt balance in the body
- Temporary increase in some enzymes produced by the liver and pancreas
In the case of an allergic reaction (rash, shortness of breath, itchy skin, swollen face, eyelids and mouth), seek medical assistance.
If you experience any of these side effects, or any others, speak to your doctor if you are concerned.
If you suffer any flu-like symptoms for up to a year after your return, you should see your doctor right away.
Malarone consists of Atovaquone and Proguanil. Both are active ingredients, which prevent the spread of the malaria parasite. Proguanil targets the reproductive process by blocking an enzyme the parasite needs to multiply. Atovaquone also works by interfering with a particular stage in the parasite’s reproductive cycle, thus making it impossible for the infection to take hold. With this combination of ingredients, Malarone tablets provide an effective protection from the malarial plasmodium parasite.
Malarone tends to be highly effective against Plasmodium falciparum (the most serious type of Plasmodium), but much less effective in the prevention of the less serious types. Depending on which malarial area you are travelling to, your doctor will advise you on the suitability of Malarone tablets and other antimalarials.
Malarone is normally chosen when travelling to a country with a particularly virulent variant of the illness. It is not suitable for everyone, pregnant and breastfeeding women must use an alternative treatment. As with most kinds of medicines, you need to make sure you inform your doctor of your medical history, to ensure you are prescribed the most suitable antimalarial possible.
Malarone has no known interactions with any food and drink, allowing you to stick to your preferred diet. If you are taking a contraceptive pill, you will find it useful that Malarone does not decrease its contraceptive protection, meaning you continue your contraception as usual. That being said, it is very important that you follow your doctor's advice carefully, taking your daily malarone tablet regularly and for as long as necessary.
Yes. Sometimes patients believe they can stop treatment immediately upon arriving home, provided they are well. This is not the case - you must continue taking your Malarone tablets for at least a week after leaving the malarial area you travelled to. Not doing so can lead to an outbreak of the illness, if you have been exposed to the parasite during your time abroad.
Malarone is taken daily, which some patients prefer to weekly tablets. While Lariam and Doxycycline need to be taken for up to a month after returning from a malaria risk area, treatment with Malarone only needs to be continued for a week.
Malarone tablets are round, bi-convex and pink.
- You are pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
- You are under 40kg (take the paediatric form of Malarone)
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Malarone
- You have severe liver and kidney problems
- You are travelling to an infected area for more than 4 weeks
- You are taking Maxolon, tetracycline, rifampicin or rifabutin (these may affect your ability to absorb Malarone)
- You are taking indinavir
You should not take Malarone for a period of over 6 months.
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