How To Take Malarone
If you are taking the drug for treatment purposes, you may be advised to take one tablet per day for three days. Note that for children, the dosage will depend on their weight. If you are using the drug to protect yourself from infection, you should take one tablet a day starting one or two days before you are scheduled to arrive in an area where there is a risk of malaria. Continue taking the medicine for the duration of your stay and for another week after you leave. For optimal absorption, the tablets should be consumed with a fatty meal or a glass of milk, and you should take them at the same time each day.
It is also important to take measures to protect yourself from mosquito bites, including using insect repellent, wearing suitable clothing and using mosquito nets at night.
Side Effects of Malarone
The treatment has fewer adverse side effects than other malaria drugs, like Doxycycline and Lariam. Some people experience no symptoms at all, but there is a risk of vertigo, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, headaches, stomach upset, mouth sores, weakness and vomiting.
How Malarone Works:
The malaria causing parasite needs a certain enzyme to multiply, and the proguanil present in Malarone targets this enzyme and blocks it. At the same time, atovaquone interferes with the parasite’s reproductive process, making it almost impossible for the infection to take hold and spread.
Patient Information Leaflet
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. Patient information can be found here.