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Anti-malaria tablets

Anti-malaria tablets on prescription: malaria prevention for trips of 1 week to 1 year to all countries. Medicine from NHS pharmacy – UK regulated.

Anti-malaria tablets: online prescription and delivery

Malarone, atovaquone/proguanil, Lariam, chloroquine, proguanil, chloroquine/proguanil, doxycycline

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Important Information

Please read the important information below regarding anti-malaria tablets for malaria prevention before starting the questionnaire.

Background

Every year more than a hundred travellers from the UK catch malaria and tens of them die. The onset can be rapid. The right anti malaria tablet provides good protection.

Do NOT forget you may also need vaccines and other health advice from a GP or travel clinic.

Choosing to buy anti-malaria tablets online

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No one type of recommended anti-malaria tablet works better than another. Some are daily tablets, some weekly. Some are started a few days before travel, others 2 or 3 weeks before.

To compare the 6 different anti-malaria tablets see the table comparing anti-malaria tablets below.

For a more detailed comparison see drugs most commonly used for malaria prevention: Malarone or non-branded atovaquone/proguanil, Lariam, chloroquine, proguanil, chloroquine with proguanil and doxycycline.

Dr Fox supplies medicines only for adults (over 18s). Further information about malaria tablets for children.

POMAnti-malaria tablets are prescription only medicine except chloroquine or chloroquine with proguanil.

Taking anti-malaria tablets

  • Take the right tablets for the area you are going to
  • Start your tablets before entering a malaria area. This may be a few days or up to 10 days before.
  • Take the tablets absolutely regularly, preferably with or after a meal
  • Continue to take them for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria area. This period is reduced to 7 days for Malarone and atovaquone/proguanil.
  • No anti-malaria tablet is 100% effective

Symptoms of malaria

Malaria symptoms start out similar to flu. Symptoms include fever, shivers, sweating, backache, joint pains, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea & sometimes delirium.

These symptoms may take a week or more to develop after you have been bitten by an infected mosquito.

  • Seek medical advice if you get malaria symptoms for up to a year after exposure, even after taking anti-malarial tablets.
  • If you are travelling in remote areas for prolonged periods it may be best to carry a malaria treatment with you. Discuss this with your regular doctor.

Malarone or 'generic malarone'

A lower cost licensed generic version of Malarone became available in the UK from February 2013. This is non-branded atovaquone/proguanil, also known as 'generic malarone', and is medically identical to Malarone. Choose between one or the other at the end of the consultation. Prices below.

Compare prices of Malarone - atovaquone/proguanil with other UK online clinics.

Dr Fox is one of the most competitively priced sources of malaria tablets for those without a private prescription (malaria pills are not usually available on the NHS).

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Lariam, chloroquine doxycycline, Malarone, atovaquone/proguanil

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Where are you travelling?

Selecting your destination above will open required page on NHS Fit For Travel website and display the Malaria precautions information (including recommended medication) for that destination (see Malaria map on the NHS Fit For Travel page).

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Anti-malaria tablet recommendations are based on malaria parasite drug resistance.

Avoiding bites

Mosquitoes can bite at any time of day. Most bites occur in the evening.

  • Wear long-sleeved clothing and long trousers if you are out at night.
  • Use insect repellant on exposed skin and under thin clothing.
  • Insecticide sprays, mosquito coils and heating insecticide impregnate tablets all reduce the risk of bites.
  • Where possible sleep in screened rooms and use a mosquito net, preferably one impregnated with insecticide.
  • Ultrasound devices, garlic and Vitamin B do not prevent bites.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Further information in malaria FAQs section.

Useful travel and malaria websites

The Travel Doctor page on malaria.

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For general information on malaria see NHS patient information for malaria.

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Health Protection Agency's malaria prevention guidelines.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) malaria information sheet.

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Table comparing anti-malaria tablets

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Chloroquine Paludrine
(Proguanil)
Chloroquine/
Proguanil combined tablet
Lariam
(Mefloquine)
Doxycycline Malarone or Genrlic non-branded Malarone
Brand name
Many different Paludrine Many different Lariam Many different Malarone (Glaxo) or non-branded
Dosage
150mg (base)
Two tablets weekly
100mg tab Two tablets daily Proguanil Two tablets daily plus chloroquine Two weekly 250mg tab One tablet weekly on the same day each week 100mg tab
One tablet daily
250mg Atovaquone/
100mg Proguanil. One tablet daily
When to start
1 week before entering malaria area 1 week before entering malaria area 1 week before entering malaria area 10 days before entering malaria area 2 days before entering malaria area 2 days before entering malaria area
When to stop
4 weeks after leaving malaria area 4 weeks after leaving malaria area 4 weeks after leaving malaria area 4 weeks after leaving malaria area 4 weeks after leaving malaria area 1 week after leaving malaria area
Number of tablets for 1 week trip
12 tablets 84 tablets 12 chloroquine 84 proguanil 8 tablets 37 tablets 16 tablets
Side effects and cautions
Intestinal upset, headache, possible rash Intestinal upset, rashes Intestinal upset, headache, rash Intestinal upset, Sleep and mental disturbance. Caution operating machinery. Indigestion/heart burn. Increase sensitivity to bright sun. Reduced effectiveness of contraceptive pill. Intestinal upsets and headache
Manufacturer's Patient Information Leaflet (PDF)
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Malaria pill type Quantity (trip length) Cost
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 16 tablets (1 week trip) £46.90
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 23 tablets (2 week trip) £63.10
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 30 tablets (3 week trip) £79.30
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 37 tablets (4 week trip) £95.50
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 44 tablets (5 week trip) £114.40
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 51 tablets (6 week trip) £132.60
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 65 tablets (8 week trip) £170.10
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 93 tablets (12 week trip) £218.55
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) 193 tablets (6 month trip) £450.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 16 tablets (1 week trip) £36.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 23 tablets (2 week trip) £49.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 30 tablets (3 week trip) £68.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 37 tablets (4 week trip) £84.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 44 tablets (5 week trip) £95.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 51 tablets (6 week trip) £105.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 65 tablets (8 week trip) £145.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 93 tablets (12 week trip) £185.00
Malarone Adult (Generic) 193 tablets (6 month trip) £350.00
Doxycycline 100mg 37 capsules (1 week trip) £11.80
Doxycycline 100mg 44 capsules (2 week trip) £12.80
Doxycycline 100mg 51 capsules (3 week trip) £13.80
Doxycycline 100mg 58 capsules (4 week trip) £14.90
Doxycycline 100mg 65 capsules (5 week trip) £15.90
Doxycycline 100mg 72 capsules (6 week trip) £16.90
Doxycycline 100mg 86 capsules (8 week trip) £19.20
Doxycycline 100mg 114 capsules (12 week trip) £23.60
Doxycycline 100mg 212 capsules (6 month trip) £42.00
Doxycycline 100mg 400 capsules (1 year trip) £75.00
Chloroquine 250mg 12 tablets (1 week trip) £5.50
Chloroquine 250mg 14 tablets (2 week trip) £6.00
Chloroquine 250mg 16 tablets (3 week trip) £7.00
Chloroquine 250mg 18 tablets (4 week trip) £8.00
Chloroquine 250mg 20 tablets (5 week trip) £9.00
Chloroquine 250mg 22 tablets (6 week trip) £10.00
Chloroquine 250mg 26 tablets (8 week trip) £11.00
Chloroquine 250mg 34 tablets (12 week trip) £12.5
Chloroquine 250mg 62 tablets (6 month trip) £15.00
Chloroquine 250mg 114 tablets (1 year trip) £23.00
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 84 tablets (1 week trip) £11.05
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 98 tablets (2 week trip) £12.20
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 112 tablets (3 week trip) £13.40
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 126 tablets (4 week trip) £14.50
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 140 tablets (5 week trip) £15.50
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 154 tablets (6 week trip) £16.50
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 182 tablets (8 week trip) £21.20
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 238 tablets (12 week trip) £25.90
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 434 tablets (6 month trip) £46.30
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 798 tablets (1 year trip) £86.70
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 8 tablets (1 week trip) £22.90
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 9 tablets (2 week trip) £24.10
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 10 tablets (3 week trip) £25.90
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 11 tablets (4 week trip) £28.10
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 12 tablets (5 week trip) £30.10
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 13 tablets (6 week trip) £32.10
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 15 tablets (8 week trip) £35.90
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) 19 tablets (12 week trip) £48.10
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 12 chloroquine 84 proguanil (1 week trip) £14.30
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 14 chloroquine 98 proguanil (2 week trip) £15.60
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 16 chloroquine 112 proguanil(3 week trip) £17.10
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 18 chloroquine 126 proguanil (4 week trip) £18.50
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 20 chloroquine 140 proguanil (5 week trip) £19.50
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 22 chloroquine 154 proguanil (6 week trip) £20.50
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 26 chloroquine 182 proguanil (8 week trip) £24.10
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 34 chloroquine 238 proguanil (12 week trip) £29.50
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 62 chloroquine 434 proguanil (6 month trip) £52.90
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 114 chloroquine 798 proguanil (1 year trip) £98.10
how to orderPrices below if you already have a private prescription
Malarone Adult (Glaxo branded) per tablet £2.25
Malarone Adult (Generic non-branded) per tablet £1.74
Doxycycline 100mg per tablet £0.08
Chloroquine 250mg per tablet £0.07
Proguanil 100mg (Paludrine) 98 tablets £8.82
Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam) per tablet £2.00
Chloroquine 250mg/Proguanil 100mg 112 tablet £9.67

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