Malarone tablets help to protect you against malaria, a potentially life threatening disease found in more than 100 countries around the world. Malarone side effects, such as headache and fever, are uncommon and usually mild. Malarone tablets are not the only option for malaria prevention - there are others available on the market.
Malarone tablets help to protect you against malaria, which is a potentially life threatening disease that is very common around the world.
Our prescribing nurses can advise you on everything you need to know about how to take Malarone, but it is very simple.
You should take the tablet with food or a milky drink, to ensure it is fully absorbed into your body, at the same time each day.
The Malarone dosing you will require depends on your weight. Adults, who weigh more than 40 kg, will have to take one tablet daily.
Regardless of your weight, you will need to start taking Malarone tablets one to two days before travelling to an area where there is a malaria risk. So it is important you purchase Malarone tablets before you leave the UK.
You will then need to continue taking them for the length of your stay and for seven days after.
Like all medicines and vaccines, malaria tablets can cause side effects, but most people do not experience any at all.
If you do experience Malarone side effects, they are very unlikely to be serious.
Common Malarone side effects can include:
feeling and being sick
itchy skin or a rash
problems with the blood, such as anemia
Malarone tablets can sometimes cause those who take it to feel depressed or affect their eating habits.
Because of this, if you have a history of an eating disorder or you have concerns about your mental health, get advice from your doctor before taking Malarone tablets.
If your Malarone side effects do not improve or they worsen, you should talk to your doctor.
Malarone and alcohol together has not been proven to cause harm, therefore it is safe to drink while taking your malaria tablets.
However, as always, it is best to consume alcohol within the recommended guidelines to stay safe and look after your health.
If you are pregnant, malaria prevention may be recommended.
If possible, you should avoid travelling to areas where there is a risk of malaria, because pregnant women have an increased risk of the disease.
However, if you are pregnant and unable to postpone or cancel your trip, it is very important that you get advice on malaria prevention before you leave. You can book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses, who can help you.
Malarone is not usually recommended in pregnancy, as the risk it poses to mother and baby is not yet fully understood.
Malarone is also not recommended during breastfeeding, as the ingredients may pass into your breast milk and harm your child.
However, Malarone may be considered in specific circumstances, for example, if the benefit to the mother outweighs any potential harm to the baby. If so, you should seek advice from your doctor on having Malarone during pregnancy.
Malarone is also available for children and helps protect your family from malaria.
Children, who weigh five kg or more, can take Malarone tablets. However, they will receive a smaller dose than adults.
The dosing required for children will increase according to their weight, with the smallest dose usually being half a Malarone tablet a day, increasing up to three full tablets per day.
Malarone side effects are similar for children as they are for adults.
If you are concerned about any Malarone side effects your child is experiencing, you should seek advice from your doctor.
Malarone is available to buy at one of our partner pharmacies across the UK.
It is really important that you buy Malarone from a reputable source. This is because there are many fake or low quality malaria tablets available, particularly abroad.
Therefore, you should always purchase your malaria tablets before leaving the UK, so that you can begin your dose before travel as needed, but also to ensure the tablets you take will protect you effectively.
If, for any reason, you need to buy malaria tablets abroad, for example if you lose the tablets you have with you, you should inspect the packaging closely.
The packaging should look similar to the product you bought in the UK. Look out for things like poor quality printing or paper, as this usually indicates a counterfeited product.
Be suspicious of tablets that have a strange smell, taste or colour, or ones that are extremely brittle.
If there is a risk of malaria at your destination, it is recommended that you check whether you need malaria tablets, as the disease can be fatal. For the price of Malarone, see below.
Note that the price of malarone tablets for people who weigh less than 40 kg may be lower than the below displayed price.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 25, 2019