How long before you go away do you have to take malaria tablets?
Dosage – the dose is 100mg daily as a tablet or capsule. You should start the tablets two days before you travel and take them each day you're in a risk area, and for four weeks after you return.
Malarone is not available over the counter. It is a prescription medication and a doctor needs to confirm that it is suitable for you and that it will protect you from malaria at all locations on your travel itinerary. You can get your prescription and medication online from Superdrug Online Doctor.
- Medicines to prevent malaria that you take daily include doxycycline and atovone/proguanil (Malrone). Whereas the ones you take weekly are mefloquine (Lariam) and chloroquine. Weekly medications are easier to remember if you pick a memorable day such as 'Malaria Monday'.
- Very Common Side Effects. The most common side effects of Malarone are headache, nausea and being sick, stomach pain and diarrhoea. If you are sick within one hour of taking your daily Malarone tablet, you need to take another dose to make sure you remain protected against malaria.
- Taking Malarone. You should take Malarone at the same time each day with food or a milky drink. You will need to start taking the tablets daily, 1-2 days before visiting a malaria risk area, and keep taking the tablets every day for a week after you leave.
Updated: 7th December 2019