Choosing Branded vs Generic Malarone
Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and medically equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product – i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.
How To Take
One tablet daily with food or a milky drink at about the same time each day.
Start taking the tablets 1-2 days before you enter the malaria area and continue until one week after you leave.
Side Effects of Malarone
Side effects with Malarone are less common and severe than other anti-malaria drugs.
Side effects may include: rashes, abdominal pain, headaches, anorexia, nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, change in sleep pattern, coughing and mouth ulcers.
How Does Malarone Work:
- It contains two medicines, atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride, which both work in different ways to stop infection with the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum).
- Malaria is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, which passes the malaria parasite into the bloodstream.
- Malarone prevents malaria by killing this parasite.
- For people who are already infected with malaria, Malarone also kills these parasites.