What is Malarone, and what does this medicine do?

Malarone is a popular malaria prevention tablet that contains the active ingredients Atovaquone/Proguanil hydrochloride. Malarone should be taken daily when travelling in areas of the world where malaria is a problem. Malarone is probably the most effective antimalarial tablet and is generally suitable for sub-Saharan Africa, South America and South-East Asia. It is important to know that no antimalarial tablet is 100% effective and so insect repellents should be used to avoid bites from mosquitoes and other biting insects.

How many should I order for my trip?

Travelpharm have made this bit easy as we created our Malarone tablet calculator. Simply input the number of adults and children over 40kg, how many days you are at risk and the number of spare tablets you have (if any) and click calculate. Then let Travelpharm easy Malarone tablet calculator do the rest. Once you know how many malaria tablets you will need for your trip simply change the quantity on this page and click the button for an “Online Consultation” to start the process to order your Malarone online. As an example, a typical two week holiday (14 days) would require 23 Malarone tablets.

How to take Malarone?

Malarone has one of the easiest schedules of all the antimalarial drugs, so easy that it is usually our first recommendation for all trips due to the simplicity of it.

How often should tablets be taken?1 tablet each day when in the risk area.
When should I start treatment?2 days before entering the risk area.
How often when leaving risk area?7 days when leaving the risk area.

To get the most from your malaria medicine, take it with food at a similar time each day.

Who can't take Malarone tablets?

There are not many patients who can’t take Malarone, but there are some, and a few drug interactions to be aware of. Malarone should not be used by those who:

  • Are allergic to atovaquone or proguanil
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding or intend to be during your trip or two months after, without first seeking specialist advice
  • Have been diagnosed with liver disease or severe kidney disease
  • Have epilepsy or seizures
  • Are currently taking:
    • Warfarin, unless specialist advice has been issued
    • metoclopramide, used to treat nausea and vomiting
    • the antibiotics, tetracycline, rifampicin, or rifabutin
    • efavirenz or certain highly active protease-inhibitors used to treat HIV
    • etoposide used to treat cancer
  • Weigh less than 40kg. You will need to take Malarone Paediatric

Malarone Side Effects

Side effects from Malarone tablets are usually mild and common and very common side effects could include:

  • headaches
  • upset stomachs,
  • nausea and diarrhoea.

Whilst these are classed as common or very common, which is approximately 1 in 10 patients, most patients will not suffer these problems. This list of side effects is not exhaustive and you should always consult the patient information leaflet.

Malarone tablets contain: Atovaquone 250mg and Proguanil 100mg

Always read the patient information leaflet before using this product and if you have any questions please speak with a pharmacist or another medical professional.


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