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With NowPatient's private treatment plans you can treat Malaria with MALARONE ® safely and easily in a few simple steps. Get started by selecting the medication you are interested in or by hitting the start consultation button below.

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OverviewAbout MalaroneKey facts of MalaroneWho is Malarone suitable for?Who is Malarone not suitable for?How and where to get Malarone?Dosage and strength for Malarone for malariaInformation about how to take Malarone for malariaWhat happens if you take too much Malarone?What are the side effects of Malarone?Information about taking Malarone at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsIs there a herbal Malarone?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Malarone?What else can I do to help prevent malaria?Alternatives to MalaroneSourcesPeople also asked
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Medically reviewed by Navin Khosla, BPharm and written by Rajive Patel, BPharm - Updated on 26 Jan 2024
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About Malarone

Malarone is classed as an antimalarial medication. It contains a combination of atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride as the active ingredients. It is commonly prescribed to treat malaria. It works by interfering with the growth of malaria parasites in red blood cells in the body. The parasites normally enter your body through mosquito bites. Malaria is common in Africa, Southern Asia, and South America.

Now Patient offers Malarone for the prevention of malaria only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Malarone

  • For the treatment of Malaria
  • Start taking Malarone malaria tablets 1 or 2 days before entering a malaria risk area and continue taking it every day while in the malaria zone and for 7 days after you leave
  • Malarone has some common side effects which include mild stomach pain, mild diarrhea, headache, and dizziness
  • It can be dangerous if you take Malarone with certain medications like warfarin, rifabutin, rifampicin, tetracycline, or metoclopramide. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is Malarone suitable for?

Malarone is suitable for adults and Malarone paediatric is suitable for children travelling to parts of the world where malaria is common.

Who is Malarone not suitable for?

Malarone may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before taking Malarone if you:

  • Have severe kidney disease
  • Have liver disease
  • Have uncontrolled vomiting or diarrhea
  • Have severe complications from malaria
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

How and where to get Malarone?

Malarone is available from a number of sources. It is available on prescription at a pharmacy.

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy Malarone directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of malaria, you can discuss if Malarone is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for Malarone for malaria

Malarone tablets are available as Malarone and Malarone Paediatric when used for malaria.

Information about how to take Malarone for malaria

Take Malarone tablets at the same time every day, with food or a milky drink. If you are sick (vomit) within 1 hour after taking Malarone, take another dose.

If you are taking Malarone for the prevention of malaria start taking it 1 or 2 days before entering the malaria area and continue taking it every day while in the malaria zone and for 7 days after you leave. If you are unable to take Malarone and stop taking it early, contact a healthcare professional for another form of malaria prevention.

You should also make sure you read the patient information leaflet (PIL) provided to you with your medication.

What happens if you take too much Malarone?

If you take more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects.

You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have taken too much Malarone and you experience any adverse effects.

What are the side effects of Malarone?

Possible side effects of Malarone are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Mild stomach pain and upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Itching
  • Feeling weak

Serious side effects include:

  • Uncontrolled vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Mouth sores
  • Fever
  • Severe skin rash
  • Abdominal pain, loss of appetite, darker urine, yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Easily bruised, or unusual bleeding

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here: how and where do i report side effects of my medication

Information about taking Malarone at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Malarone. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements or any other over the counter medicines.

Is there a herbal Malarone?

No. Herbal Malarone does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake. Also, it has not been proven that garlic or vitamin B are effective mosquito repellents. Citronella however, has been shown to repel mosquitoes, but requires applying every 30 minutes which may be impractical.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Malarone?

You can eat and drink normally when taking Malarone. You are advised to take Malarone with food or a milky drink.

What else can I do to help prevent malaria?

It is important to prevent mosquito bites to reduce the risk of getting malaria. Precautions include:

  • Using insect repellents containing DEET
  • Wearing long-sleeved clothes, especially when mosquitos are most active during dusk and dawn
  • Sleep under mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide
  • Keep away from ponds, lakes, puddles, storm drains or wells, where mosquitos like to lay their eggs

Alternatives to Malarone

Alternative antimalarial drugs include doxycycline, chloroquine, and mefloquine (Lariam).


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NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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