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Malarone tablets are a great choice for last minute travellers as you can start taking the treatment just 1-2 days before your trip. Malarone tablets are more expensive than other malaria tablets, but the key benefit of Malarone is that it is less likely to cause side effects, (compared to other treatments like Lariam and Doxycycline).
To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Malarone or Doxycycline. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.
Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.
A consultation for malaria prevention treatment costs €20.
Malarone consists of Atovaquone and Proguanil. Both are active ingredients, which prevent the spread of the malaria parasite. Proguanil targets the reproductive process by blocking an enzyme the parasite needs to multiply. Atovaquone also works by interfering with a particular stage in the parasite’s reproductive cycle, thus making it impossible for the infection to take hold. With this combination of ingredients, Malarone tablets provide an effective protection from the malarial plasmodium parasite.
Malarone tends to be highly effective against Plasmodium falciparum (the most serious type of Plasmodium ), but much less effective in the prevention of the less serious types. Depending on which malarial area you are travelling to, your doctor will advise you on the suitability of Malarone tablets and other antimalarials.
Malarone is normally chosen when travelling to a country with a particularly virulent variant of the illness. It is not suitable for everyone, pregnant and breastfeeding women must use an alternative treatment. As with most kinds of medicines, you need to make sure you inform your doctor of your medical history, to ensure you are prescribed the most suitable antimalarial possible.
Malarone has no known interactions with any food and drink, allowing you to stick to your preferred diet. If you are taking a contraceptive pill, you will find it useful that Malarone does not decrease its contraceptive protection, meaning you continue your contraception as usual. That being said, it is very important that you follow your doctor's advice carefully, taking your daily malarone tablet regularly and for as long as necessary.
Yes. Sometimes patients believe they can stop treatment immediately upon arriving home, provided they are well. This is not the case - you must continue taking your Malarone tablets for at least a week after leaving the malarial area you travelled to. Not doing so can lead to an outbreak of the illness, if you have been exposed to the parasite during your time abroad.
Malarone is taken daily, which some patients prefer to weekly tablets. While Lariam and Doxycycline need to be taken for up to a month after returning from a risk area, treatment with Malarone only needs to be continued for a week.
Malarone tablets are round, bi-convex and pink.
You should take one tablet daily. Your course should start 2 days before you travel to an infected area. The treatment should continue for the duration of your stay in an infected area, and then continue for a further 7 days. If you miss a dose, don’t panic. Take it as soon as you remember or, if it is near your next dose, skip the forgotten dose and continue treatment as normal. If you vomit or have diarrhoea within an hour of taking Malarone, take a repeat dose. In the case of an overdose, seek medical assistance.
Paediatric Malarone tablets are available for children weighing 11 to 40 kg. The same instructions apply, just with this different tablet. You should take your tablet with food and liquids.
Each Malarone tablet contains atovaquone 250mg and proguanil hydrochloride 100mg. Malarone tablets also contain Poloxamer 188 BP., microcrystalline cellulose Ph.Eur., low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose USNF., povidone K30 Ph.Eur., sodium starch glycollate BP., magnesium stearate Ph.Eur., methylhydroxypropyl cellulose Ph.Eur., titanium dioxide Ph.Eur., iron oxide red E172, macrogol 400 Ph.Eur. and polyethylene glycol 8000 USNF.
In the case of an allergic reaction (rash, shortness of breath, itchy skin, swollen face, eyelids and mouth), seek medical assistance.
If you experience any of these side effects, or any others, speak to your doctor if you are concerned.
If you suffer any flu-like symptoms for up to a year after your return, you should see your doctor right away.
You should not take Malarone for a period of over 6 months.
If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.
If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.
If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.
You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.
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Doctor reviews your suitability and if appropriate issues your prescription
We’ll send urgent scripts fast to any Irish pharmacy or the paper script to your address
You can complete one of our online assessments at any time, whenever it suits you. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
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Orders placed before 4pm will be dispatched the same day.
Delivered to your chosen address within 3-5 working days.
For urgent orders, delivered to your chosen pharmacy from 1 hour of placing your order if placed Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Your prescription will be delivered in plain, unlabeled packaging