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Malarone 250mg/100mg Tablets

Malarone 250mg/100mg Tablets

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Are you travelling abroad and worried about getting malaria? Malarone is one of the newest and well known treatments to prevent malaria. Malaria is not a viral or bacterial infection, rather it is a parasite that multiplies in red blood cells and can cause many deaths per year. It is therefore very important that you know the facts about prevention and treatment before you travel to a malarial area. 

If treatment is suitable for you malarone can be supplied by our very own clinical pharmacist, under a patient group direction. However, if you are not eligible then a supply will not be made and a full refund will be given. 

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Suitable for age:

18 years +

Consultation required?

Yes

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What are Malarone tablets and what are they used for?

Malarone tablets are a prescription only medication that can be supplied by our trained pharmacist under a patient group direction, to help prevent malaria. However, if treatment is not suitable for you, a supply will not be made and a full refund will be given. It is a branded medication and each tablet contains 100 mg proguanil hydrochloride and 250mg of atovaquone.

How do Malarone tablets work?

Malarone tablets contain the active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil. Both are anti-parasitic drugs which are active against the malaria- causing plasmodium parasite. Malaria is caused by the plasmodium parasite entering the bloodstream. Proguanil works by inhibiting the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase found inside the parasite, thus inhibiting its ability to reproduce. Atovaquone works in a similar way; it inhibits the formation of new genetic material from inside the malaria parasite, thus preventing the ability to reproduce. Together both atovaquone and proguanil work effectively together in preventing malaria. 

Malarone is highly effective against malaria strains caused by the plasmodium falciparum parasite. This parasite is responsible for causing more severe symptoms of malaria. Malarone is also ideal for areas where there is a known resistance to other forms of antimalarial medicines

Treatment details:

Prophylaxis should commence 24 or 48 hours prior to entering a malaria-endemic area, continue during the period of stay and continue for 7 days after leaving the area. The tablet should be taken daily, at the same time each day. 

How to prevent Malaria?

In addition to taking lariam tablets, you can further lower your risk of developing malaria by the following preventative measures:

  • Staying in air-conditioned rooms with screens on the window. If this is not possible then make sure the doors and windows are closed.
  • If there is no air conditioning at night, sleep under a mosquito net that has been sprayed with an insecticide. 
  • Use DEET or other insect repellents to protect your skin.
  • Wear light, loose fitting trousers and shirts with long sleeves. This is very important during the early evening and night when mosquitoes prefer to feed

Alternatives to Malarone:

The generic of malarone ( Atovaquone/ Proguanil hydrochloride 250mg/100mg) is also available for purchase from our skilled pharmacist, under a patient group direction. Other popular types include: Lariam and doxycycline, which have a different mechanism of action that help to prevent malaria whilst travelling abroad. Please speak to the pharmacist for more information.

Additional information
Suitable for age:

18 years +

Consultation required?

Yes

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