Malarone

Malarone and a lower cost licensed generic (non-branded) version of Malarone, which are medically identical are both available from Medicinesbymailbox.

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Malarone

Prescription fees

Medicinesbymailbox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Order value Prescription fee
Any Order Value £0.00

Malarone product information

Malarone contains 2 active ingredients: Atovaquone (250mg) and Proguanil (100mg). Malaria is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito which spreads the malaria parasite, P.falciparum. These components kill the parasites in the blood. Malarone is used both preventatively and as a treatment. 

Note: no anti-malarial tablet is 100% effective against malaria and you may need additional measures to prevent getting bitten by infected mosquitoes. Visit our page for malaria for specific medical information.


Branded and generic Malarone

Legal versions of generic Malarone have been made available since its patent protection in the UK ran out. Please note that there is no significant difference between branded and generic versions of these tablets. They contain the same active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil.


How to take

You may need to start taking the tablets for a specific time period before and after entering malaria risk areas. Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to. The usual dose for malaria prevention is to take one tablet 1-2 days before entering malaria risk areas, and continue taking one tablet daily until leaving the area for 7 days. It is important to finish the whole course of medicine to gain adequate protection.
It is preferable to take this medicine at the same time each day, with food or a milky drink. This helps to increase absorption of Malarone. If you experience vomiting within an hour of taking the medicine, you should take another dose as absorption of Malarone into your body can be reduced. 


Side effects of Malarone

Like all medications, Malarone can cause some side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Common side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pain. These side effects are usually prevented by taking Malarone with food or a milky drink.

If you notice severe allergic reaction with symptoms such as rash and itching, swollen eyes, face or lips and difficulty breathing, you should stop taking Malarone and seek medical advice immediately.

If you notice severe skin reactions such as rash with blisters, you should contact your doctor urgently as they may indicate  some underlying medical conditions.


Cautions

During a Medicinesbymailbox online consultation, you will be required to complete an assessment questionnaire to determine your suitability for anti-malarial medication. You should not take Malarone if you:

  • Are allergic to atovaquone or proguanil
  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Have severe kidney disease


Some medicines can also interfere with how Malarone works, for example the blood thinning medicine Warfarin and antibiotics tetracyclines and rifampicin. If you are unsure, you should check with a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Medicinesbymailbox can only prescribe medicine to adults (18 years or over). 


Patient information leaflet – Malarone

The 'Patient Information Leaflets' supplied with medication must be read before taking tablets.