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Malaria Service

Malaria is a tropical disease passed on to humans by mosquitoes, and is present in over 100 countries. Malaria predominantly affects countries in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and the Middle East. The disease is particularly widespread in sub-Saharan Africa.

PharmacyDirectGB can provide the following medication for Malaria Prevention and Treatment.

Malaria Tablets

Malarone Paediatric (1 tablet) £0.66
Malarone Paediatric (12 tablets) £7.92
Malarone (1 tablet) £2.33
Malarone (12 tablets) £27.96
Atovaquone/Proguanil Hydrochloride (1 tablet) £1.27
Atovaquone/Proguanil Hydrochloride (12 tablets) £15.24
Avloclor 250mg (20 tablets) £5.90
Lariam (1 tablet) £2.00
Lariam (8 tablets) £16.00
Paludrine/Avloclor Travel Pack (112 tablets) £14.70

Malaria Information

Malaria is a tropical disease passed on to humans by mosquitoes, and is present in over 100 countries. Malaria is spread by the female of the Anopheles species of mosquito. When one of these mosquitoes bites you, it feeds on your blood and injects malaria parasites into your body. It only takes one bite to infect you. In some forms of malaria, parasites can stay dormant in your body for years, occasionally "waking up" and causing you to have more attacks of malaria. However, you can't catch malaria from another person, just from a mosquito.

Malaria predominantly affects countries in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and the Middle East. The disease is particularly widespread in sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaria Prevention and Treatment

Malaria can be a potentially fatal condition, but with a prompt diagnosis and treatment, many people make a full recovery. If you have been diagnosed with malaria, your treatment should start as soon as possible.

Malaria is normally treated using anti-malarial medicines. The type of medicine that you are prescribed, and the length of your treatment, will depend on a number of factors, such as:

  • the type of malaria that you have contracted,
  • where you were infected,
  • whether or not you are pregnant,
  • your age, and
  • the severity of your symptoms.

There are five drugs commonly used to treat malaria. Please telephone us on 0845 602 9355 for the latest advice on the correct medication for your destination. We may recommend a combination of different drugs to overcome strains of malaria which have become drug-resistant.

Malarone (Atovaquone plus proguanil)
This drug is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, babies, and small children under 24lb, or people with severe kidney problems. Dosage for adults is one tablet a day, which can be started just one to two days before your trip and finished a week after you get back.

Atovaquone/Proguanil Hydrochloride
Atovaquone/Proguanil Hydrochloride tablets are the generic version of Malarone. They are the same in all respects but with a lower price.

Avlocor (Chloroquine)
Not recommended for people with liver or kidney problems, eye or vision problems, psoriasis, epilepsy or porphyria, or people taking other medications. Adults will need to take one dose per week, starting one week before you go and carrying on for four weeks after you return. Chloroquine is one of the oldest malaria drugs, so some strains of malaria are resistant to it. A prescription is not required.

Doxycycline
Doxycylcline is not suitable for pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under 12, people who are sensitive to tetracycline antibiotics or people with liver problems. Dosage is one tablet a day, starting one or two days before you go and carrying on for four weeks after you return. Avoid exposure to strong sunlight or ultraviolet light (e.g. a sunbed) when taking this medication.

Lariam (Mefloquine)
Not recommended for babies under 11lb, people who have had epilepsy or psychiatric problems, or people with heart problems. Dosage is one tablet a week starting three weeks before you go, and carrying on for four weeks after you get back.

Paludrine/Avlocor Travel pack (Proguanil/Chloroquine)
Recommended for travellers to minimise the risk of infection. This combination is not suitable for people with liver or kidney problems. Dosage is two tablets per day, starting one week before you go and ending four weeks after you return. Chloroquine is usually taken in combination with Proguanil. A prescription is not required.

Prevention and Treatment during Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, some of the medicines that are usually used to prevent and treat malaria are unsuitable because they may cause side effects for both you and your child. Chloroquine is the medicine that is safe to use during pregnancy. These can be used at any stage of your pregnancy without harm to you, or your baby. However, if you were prescribed these medicines as a way of preventing malaria, they will not be suitable as a form of treatment for the disease.

About Your Consultation

There is no charge for your online consultation. The cost of a private prescription is £24. If your consultation is successful a private prescription will be issued. If your consultation is unsuccessful you will be refunded in full.

You will receive an email detailing the doctor's diagnosis, usually within 1 working day of completing your online consultation.

If a private prescription is issued it will be sent to PharmacyDirectGB. If you purchased your medication at the same time as your private prescription, your order will be dispatched automatically.

If your consultation is successful, but you did not purchase any medication, you will have the opportunity to log back into PharmacyDirectGB and buy the medication you require.

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