Malarone

Malarone tablets belong to a group of medicines called antimalarials. Malarone prevents and treats malaria by killing the parasite transmitted through mosquito bites.

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What is Malarone?

Malarone contains to active ingredients: Atovaquone and Proguanil. It works by killing P. falciparum, the malaria parasite that causes the illness. It may be effective in areas where other antimalarial medications are no longer effective.

It is an essential item when going on holiday to high-risk regions to reduce the risk of malaria or in malaria prevention (prophylaxis)

Malaria Tablets such as Malarone can be purchased online after obtaining a doctors prescription.

Other Anti Malarial Medications available online include Doxycycline.

What forms does this medication come in?

Malarone 250 mg tablet Contains Atovaquone 250 mg and Proguanil hydrochloride 100 mg (equivalent to Proguanil base 87.4 mg).

How to use Malarone

The usual recommended adult dose for preventing malaria is 1 tablet daily, starting 1 to 2 days before entering an area where malaria is present and continuing until 7 days after leaving the affected area.

The usual recommended adult dose for treating malaria is 4 tablets once daily for 3 days.

This medication should be swallowed whole with fluid; however, it may be crushed and mixed in condensed milk immediately before taking the dose if it cannot be swallowed whole.

This medication should be taken with food or a milky drink at the same time each day. If vomiting occurs within one hour of the dose, another dose should be taken. If vomiting continues, your doctor will likely consider using another treatment.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Missed dose If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Side effects & precautions

Precautions Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to atovaquone, proguanil, or any ingredients (see patient information leaflet) · have severe kidney impairment · are pregnant · are breastfeeding Drug interactions What other drugs could interact with this medication?

There may be an interaction between atovaquone-proguanil and any of the following:

  • Anti-diabetes medications (e.g., glyburide, insulin, metformin, repaglinide, rosiglitazone)
  • Dapsone
  • Anti-viral medications (Efavirenz, indinavir, Ritonavir)
  • Metoclopramide
  • other antimalarial medications
  • Phenothiazines
  • Rifabutin
  • Rifampin
  • Tetracycline
  • Warfarin

Many medications can cause side effects.

Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome.

 

Common side-effects

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Indigestion
  • Itching skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting Contact your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects

 

Serious side-effects

  • Flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, muscle aches, sore throat)
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritation or sores in the mouth
  • Rapid heart rate or abnormal heartbeat
  • Severe dizziness when rising from a lying or sitting position
  • Signs of anaemia (low red blood cells; e.g., decreased energy, weakness, breathlessness)
  • Signs of blood vessel inflammation (e.g., red or purple raised spots on the skin)
  • Signs of depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, Decreased interest in activities, mood changes, thoughts of suicide)
  • Infection
  • Signs of liver problems (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, weight loss, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools)
  • Skin rash Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
  • Signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)

Symptoms of a severe skin rash (e.g., blistering, peeling, a rash covering a large area of the body, a rash that spreads quickly, or a rash combined with fever or discomfort)

If you think you have experienced a side effect from medicine you should check the patient information leaflet.

This lists the known side effects and what to do if you get them. You can also get advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. If they think it’s necessary they’ll report it to you.

You can also report side effects yourself using the yellow card website:

www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

Malarone Q&A

How can I buy Malarone online?

You can safely buy Malarone online at AccessDoctor. You will first need to have an online medical consultation. The online consultation will ensure that Malarone is the right medication for your needs.

How do I take Malarone or generic Malarone tablets?

You can safely buy Malarone online at AccessDoctor. You will first need to have an online medical consultation. The online consultation will ensure that Malarone is the right medication for your needs.

 

Should I buy branded or unbranded Malarone (Atovaquone/Proguanil)?

Both the brand and generic have the same active ingredients, there should be no difference in clinical effectiveness between these medicines. People feel reassured by brands and often require reassurance that the cheaper product is in fact just as good.

 

Malarone tablets are too big for me to swallow, what should I do?

You can crush tablets and even sprinkle them over your solid food. The best way to do this is to put it in a small bag and crushing it so there is no wastage.

What should I do if I experience side effects from Malarone?

Eat plain, bland foodstuff. Dry products,

If I take Malarone do I need to use insect repellent?

While you are in the high-risk malaria area, you should be using an insect repellent that contains DEET. DEET should be applied to any exposed areas of your skin, this is also important when you are sleeping. Use traditional measures such as mosquito nets, door and window screens to reduce the likelihood of being bitten.

Wear loose-fitting trousers and long sleeve shirts, particularly at dusk and through till dawn.

 

Does Malarone work in all Malaria risk areas?

Malarone is suitable for all regions where malaria is found.

 

Can I buy Malarone online for other people?

Our online questionnaire is designed to assess each patient individually, this is also in our terms and conditions for use. We can only supply medicines to the person registered with our service.

 

Alcohol and Malarone

Malarone and alcohol together have not been shown to cause harm. It is therefore assumed not to be dangerous to consume alcohol with Malarone tablets, It is best to consume alcohol within the recommended guidelines to stay safe.

Contraceptive pills and Malarone

Malarone does not decrease the contraceptive protection of the pill, this means, you can continue taking the contraceptive pill as usual.

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