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ABOUT YOU AND YOUR TRAVELS

Which country or countries are you travelling to?

How many days will you be travelling for?

Have you ever experienced side effects from taking malaria tables?

Please provide us with more details if yes.

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Do you have any allergies to any medication or other substances?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any other medication, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, recreations drugs

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Have you ever been diagnosed with any of the following?

  • Anxiety, depression, panic disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Problems with your digestive system
  • Problems with your urinary system

Do you suffer from any other medical problems?

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW

I understand that there are no malaria tablets that provide me with 100% protection

I understand that avoiding mosquito bites is just as important as taking medication to prevent malaria. It is recommended to use a good quality insect repellent containing DEET and permethrin mosquito nets to reduce the chance of being bitten.

I understand that I should seek medical attention if I develop a fever between 1 week and 1 year after returning from a malaria zone. I should inform my doctor that I was travelling.

AGREEMENT

We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

Malaria Tablets (Atovaquone/Proguanil)

Malaria is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition arising from transfer of a parasite carried by mosquitos. This medication is used as a preventative for Malaria and advised for travel to some areas of the world.

Malaria tablets are usually taken: starting from 1 day prior to entering the Malaria area. Then 1 tablet daily for the duration of your stay and then for 7 days after leaving the malaria area.

Ask our resident Pharmacist for advice if you are unsure what malaria protection you require. Fill out a short 2 minute questionnaire and one of our experienced UK GPs will then make sure the medication is safe for you to take. All prices include the cost of a private prescription from our GPs. 

*Please Choose exactly how many tablets you will require below, prices are per tablet. (days in malarious area + 8 = tablets needed)*

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Important Facts About Malarone

Most frequent questions and answers about Malarone for Malaria prevention

Malarone is a form of antimalarial medication. It contains the active ingredients Atovaquone and Proguanil. 

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:

  • Metoclopramide
  • Antibiotics
  • Efavirenz
  • Warfarin
  • Etoposide

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:

  • Headache
  • Feeling/being sick
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Cough

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.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

Learn More About Malaria

Most frequent questions and answers about malaria

Malaria is an infection caused by the parasite plasmodium. Malaria causes high temperature and flu-like symptoms, which can occur up to a year after travelling to an area with malaria. 

Prompt treatment for malaria is critical, as it can be a fatal infection.

There are four most common types of the parasite pladmodium that causes malaria infections:

  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Plasmodium vivax
  • Plasmodium ovale
  • Plasmodium malariae

 

The plasmodium parasite resides in mosquitos and is transferred to humans when an infected mosquito bites and feeds on a human.

Once in your blood stream, the parasite invades red blood cells, replicates and bursts to spread the infection. Each time the red blood cells burst you experience symptoms of high temperature and sweating.

Malaria is active in areas of Africa, South America and Asia.

Malaria Map

Image Source – IAMAT

Malaria infections often present the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

More severe and long-term infected symptoms can include:

  • Behavioural changes
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Kidney failure
  • Coma
  • Shock

Promptly diagnosed malaria can be treated and patients are able to make a full recovery.

The medication prescribed and duration of treatment varies from person to person.

Anti-malarial medicines consist of quinine, chloroquine, artesunate and atovaquone/proguanil.

There is an ABCD prevention scheme for malaria:

  • Awareness
  • Bite prevention
  • Chemoprophylaxis (taking antimalarial medication)
  • Diagnosis and treatment

Rapid diagnostic test or microscopy studies can be used to diagnose malaria. 

If you suspect that you have malaria, you should visit the nearest health worker/clinic or hospital for appropriate diagnosis.

Antimalarial medication is usually well tolerated; however, as with all medication, there are some side effects. 

Some common side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea

To reduce side effects, you should take the antimalarial tablets after meals.

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