Malaria is one of the most dangerous travel diseases. Malarone ® protects against this sometimes fatal sickness. Each pill of Malarone contains the drug atovaquone 250 mg and the drug proguanil hydrochloride 100 mg. Together, these two drugs battle against one of the most dangerous diseases worldwide: malaria.
Used for treating: prevent and/or treat malaria
Effect: kills malaria parasite which is passed on by bite of mosquito
Malarone coated tablets contain the drugs atovaquone and proguanil. They are used in malaria prophylaxis, but also as a stand-by therapy. This drug combination is recommended especially for areas where resistances to malaria drugs have already been reported. The unique ingredient combination enables the use of the drug for malaria prophylaxis as well as for the treatment of malaria symptoms.
Using Malarone for the treatment of malaria
Two days before you plan to travel, you start taking Malarone tablets once a day. You keep taking a tablet a day for a long as you are travelling and you continue until one week after you have arrived back home or in a country not at risk of Malaria. One of the reasons Malarone is a drug of choice for many travellers is that you only have to take it for a limited time. When you plan to stay in a country with a risk of malaria for over 12 weeks, please consult your physician about long term use.
Contraindications for the use of Malarone tablets
Only if a doctor considers it to be absolutely essential, Malarone tablets may be used during pregnancy and lactation. Interference with the operation of machinery or driving a car are neither known nor expected.
When you suffer from one of these conditions, Malarone may noy be suitable for you:
you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
you are vomiting
you have diarrhoea
you have kidney problems
Malarone side effects
Unusual or allergic reactions can occur when taking any medication. If you notice side effects, you should immediately consult a general physician. With the usage of antimalarial drugs rare cases of
nausea, diarrhea or vomiting and
are reported by patients.
Malarone patients have, if any, weakened forms of the known side effects of antimalarial drugs. Some report a slight headache or nausea, abdominal pain or cough. Diarrhea and vomiting are rare side effects.
Interactions between Malarone malaria tablets and other medicines
The effectiveness of Malarone may be affected by the simultaneous use of drugs such as rifampicin (tuberculosis), metoclopramide (drug for nausea) or tetracycline (antibiotics).