Malaria can begin rapidly therefore early protection with anti-malaria tablets is highly recommended. You should also contact your regular nurse in case you may require vaccines prior to your travels. Generic cheaper malaria tablets compared to the branded Malarone tablets work exactly the same, not one anti-malaria tablets are more effective than the other.

Required to take (duration) Malaria Tablets Comparison
Malarone Doxycycline Lariam (Mefloquine)
One tablet daily
1-2 days before trip
One tablet daily
2 days before trip
One tablet weekly
2.5 weeks before trip
During the trip During the trip During the trip
1 week after the trip 4 weeks after the trip 4 weeks after the trip

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Summary of available medications

Medication Quantity Price
Malarone GSK Brand 16 tablets (1 week course) to 65 tablets (8 week course) From £46.15
Malarone (Generic) 16 tablets (1 week course) to 65 tablets (8 week course) From £35.25

All medications

Malarone (GSK Branded)

Medication Quantity Price
Malarone GSK Brand 16 tablets (1 week course) £58.99
Malarone GSK Brand 23 tablets (2 week course) £74.99
Malarone GSK Brand 30 tablets (3 week course) £89.99
Malarone GSK Brand 37 tablets (4 week course) £104.99
Malarone GSK Brand 44 tablets (5 week course) £134.99
Malarone GSK Brand 51 tablets (6 week course) £164.99
Malarone GSK Brand 65 tablets (8 week course) £194.99

Generic Malarone (Atovaquone/Proguanil)

Medication Quantity Price
Malarone (Generic) 16 tablets (1 week course) £57.99
Malarone (Generic) 23 tablets (2 week course) £72.99
Malarone (Generic) 30 tablets (3 week course) £87.99
Malarone (Generic) 37 tablets (4 week course) £102.99
Malarone (Generic) 44 tablets (5 week course) £132.99
Malarone (Generic) 51 tablets (6 week course) £162.99
Malarone (Generic) 65 tablets (8 week course) £192.99


All prices exclude prescription fee


Malarone tablets are used to both prevent and treat malaria. Malaria is a serious disease, occurring mainly in tropical and subtropical countries, which can be fatal if not treated quickly. When infection occurs, the malaria parasites travel to the liver and multiply before returning to the bloodstream to attack the red blood cells. Malarone kills the malaria parasites which enter the bloodstream following a bite from an infected mosquito.

How long before/ after visiting an at risk country should you take Malarone for?

You should start taking Malarone one to two days before travelling to a country where there is a risk of Malaria. It must be continued throughout the duration of the trip and for seven days after returning.

What if I forget to take a dose of Malarone?

It is very important to take the full course of Malarone, however if one is missed your next dose can be taken as soon as you remember. Do not take extra tablets to make up for a missed dose.

Cautions

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are severe kidney disease. Seek medical advice if a child being treated for malaria weighs less than 11kg as there is an alternative strength of tablet available in this case. Do not take Malarone if you are allergic to atovaquone, proguanil hydrochloride or any of the ingredients contained in this medicine. Some medicines such as antibiotics, warfarin, metoclopramide, efavirenz and etoposide can influence the effectiveness of Malarone and similarly Malarone can also influence the effectiveness of these medicines if taken at the same time.

Malarone contains two active ingredients, atovaquone 250mg and proguanil hydrochloride 100mg, which kill the parasites causing malaria.

To prevent malaria in adults one tablet should be taken once a day every day, starting 2 days before visiting the at risk area, continuing each day throughout the trip and for 7 days after returning.

To treat malaria in adults the recommended dose is 4 tablets once a day for 3 days.

Common side effects of taking Malarone include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

Uncommon side effects of taking Malarone include:

  • Anxiety
  • Swelling and redness of the mouth
  • Hair loss
  • Reduction in red or white blood cells
  • Low levels of sodium in the blood
  • Increase in liver enzymes

Rare side effects of taking Malarone include:

  • Hallucinations