Important Facts About Malarone
Most frequent questions and answers about Malarone for Malaria prevention
Malarone is used for the prevention and treatment of malaria.
Malaria is spread through mosquito bites, which passes a parasite into your bloodstream, Malarone kills this parasite.
As well as taking Malarone to prevent/kill malaria, you can take steps to further protect yourself. For example:
- Use insect repellent
- Wear light coloured clothing
- Cover most of your body
- Sleep in a screened room, or under a mosquito net
- Close windows and doors if they aren’t screened
- Use insecticides
If you get any symptoms, immediately see a doctor.
If you can NOT take if :
- You have severe kidney disease
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You weigh under 11 kg (you may require a different dosage)
If you are unsure of any of the above criteria, please contact your doctor before commencing treatment with Malarone (Atovaquone/Proguanil).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any medication you are taking before taking Malarone to treat malaria. Some medicines can affect Malarone treatment. If you are taking any of these, please consult with your doctor:
Malarone should be taken with food or a milky drink in order to increase absorption efficiency.
Always take the Malarone exactly as your doctor or pharmacist had prescribed. If you are unsure, check with your pharmacist or doctor.
It is best to take Malarone tablets at the same time each day.
Yes, it is very important to take the full dose of Malarone.
If you are sick within 1 hour of taking your Malarone tablet, take another dose straight away.
The recommended dose for malaria prevention is one per day.
As with any form of medication, Malarone tablets have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Malarone. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Malarone tablets:
- Feeling/being sick
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Malarone.
Malarone tablets should be out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not take Malarone tablets after the expiry date, which is stated on the packaging after EXP.
Malarone tablets do not require any special storage conditions.
Do not throw away any Malarone tablets via waste water or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. This will help protect the environment.