Types of malaria tablets
- Doxycycline: take one tablet per day from two days before you travel and continue for four weeks after your return
- Malarone: take one every day from two days before you travel and continue for 7 days after your return
- Lariam: One dose should be taken a week before departure and it should be continued throughout exposure and for 4 weeks afterwards, however three (3) doses at weekly intervals prior to departure are advised if the drug has not been used before
Which malaria tablets do I need?
Which malaria tablets you can use depends primarily on where you’re travelling to. The malaria parasite in some parts of the world has developed a resistance to chloroquine. If you are travelling to any of these countries, you need to take Malarone or doxycycline to be protected.
During your travel consultation, our nurse or pharmacist will tell you which antimalarials are suitable for the country or countries you’re travelling to. You can also check malaria advice for your destination by searching for the country name here.
Which tablets are best for you also depends on your medical history and the activities you have planned. Doxycycline can increase your sensitivity to sunlight and may therefore be less suitable if you’re likely to spend extended periods of time in the sun.
If several types of malaria tablets are suitable for your itinerary you can choose whichever you prefer – some travellers prefer to take tablets daily whereas other find it easier to remember taking their medication if it’s taken daily.