How to buy online
- Read medical information about malaria tablets
- Answer medical questions to check for eligibility
- Reviewed by doctors - posted from NHS pharmacy
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 from GSK. Both available from Dr Fox.
|Quantity (trip length)||GSK Malarone cost||Generic Malarone cost|
|16 tablets (1 week trip)||£46.90||£30.40|
|23 tablets (2 week trip)||£63.10||£43.70|
|30 tablets (3 week trip)||£79.30||£57.00|
|37 tablets (4 week trip)||£95.50||£70.30|
|44 tablets (5 week trip)||£114.40||£83.60|
|51 tablets (6 week trip)||£132.60||£96.90|
|65 tablets (8 week trip)||£170.10||£123.50|
|93 tablets (12 week trip)||£218.55||£176.70|
|193 tablets (6 month trip)||£450.00||£366.70|
Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.
Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.
If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).
Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.
|Order value||Prescription fee|
|up to £10||£1.00|
|up to £20||£3.00|
|up to £50||£5.00|
|up to £100||£8.00|
|Malarone (generic)||Dr Fox*||Pharmacy2U||Med Express||Lloyds||Superdrug||Express Pharmacy|
|16 tablets (1 week trip)||£30.40||£39.00||£41.99||£39.00||£39.00||£39.99|
|23 tablets (2 week trip)||£43.70||£53.00||£57.99||£54.00||£53.00||£53.68|
|30 tablets (3 week trip)||£57.00||£67.00||£70.99||£70.99||£67.00||£67.37|
|37 tablets (4 week trip)||£70.30||£82.00||£89.99||£88.00||£82.00||£81.06|
|Malarone (GSK brand)||Dr Fox*||Pharmacy2U||Med Express||Lloyds||Superdrug||Express Pharmacy|
|16 tablets (1 week trip)||£46.90||£50.00||£49.99||£58.00||£50.00||£49.99|
|23 tablets (2 week trip)||£63.10||£70.00||£74.00||£74.00||£70.00||£66.22|
|37 tablets (4 week trip)||£95.50||£100.00||£99.99||£104.00||£100.00||£98.68|
Branded and generic Malarone
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Malarone was originally used solely as a treatment for P. falciparum malaria until it was licensed as an anti-malarial drug for preventative use in 2001. Recognised by the Malaria Reference Laboratory, responsible for setting down the UK anti-malarial recommendations, Malarone is included in the published guidelines used by NHS surgeries and travel clinics throughout the UK.
Malarone was under patent protection in the UK until January 2013 when the patent was invalidated by a court, meaning legal versions of generic Malarone have been made available.
What does it do?
Malarone is a combination drug, containing Atovaquone (250mg) and Proguanil (100mg), and each component stops the P.falciparum parasite from reproducing in the blood. It is used as a preventative method against malaria from bites from mosquitoes infected with this parasite.
Stronger doses of the drug are used to treat uncomplicated malaria from the same parasite.
Who is at risk of malaria?
Malaria is a tropical disease carried by mosquitoes in infected areas, and is common in areas such as Southern Asia, Africa and South America. Before travelling to these climates, it is important to check the malaria risk for the specific location and time of year you are visiting. Consult the NHS Fit for Travel website or consult a travel medicine professional for more advice.
Malarone is one of a choice of anti-malarial drugs that can be prescribed but is particularly effective in high-risk areas that are seeing resistance to chloroquine, which targets the same P.falciparum parasite. Its simple dosage means it is suitable for last-minute holidays and trips of shorter duration.
The Fit for Travel website has details of recommended malaria tablets (and other travel health advice) for each destination.
Taking Malarone for the first time
After consultation with a doctor, detailing the specifics of your trip, your Malarone prescription needs to be started one to two days before entering an area with malaria risk. Take one tablet every day during your stay and for seven days after leaving the area.
Take the tablet at the same time once a day with food or a milky drink. For the medication to be effective, and to prevent resistance, the whole course of tablets must be completed.
How effective is it?
No anti-malarial medication is 100% effective and preventative measures should be taken to decrease the risk of being bitten in high-risk areas. Cover exposed skin, especially during and after dusk, use an insect repellent and mosquito nets at night.
Side effects of Malarone
All medication affects patients individually, with some possible side effects being more common than others. A full list of the most frequent side effects can be found in the manufacturer's patient information leaflet (PDF) supplied with Malarone tablets.
Common side effects (affecting more than 1 in 10 people) include headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. These side effects can often be alleviated by taking Malarone with food or a milky drink.
Less common side effects (affecting between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100) include loss of appetite, coughing, dizziness, fever, rash or itching, insomnia or abnormal dreams and anaemia.
When not to take to take malarone
During a Doctor Fox online consultation, you will be required to complete an assessment questionnaire to determine your suitability for anti-malarial medication. You should not take Malarone without further consultation with your GP if you:
- Are allergic to atovaquone or proguanil
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding or intend to be during your trip or three months after
- Have been diagnosed with liver disease
- Have epilepsy or seizures
- Are currently taking warfarin to thin the blood
Malarone Adult tablets are recommended for preventing malaria in people over 40kg. Malarone Paediatric tablets are available for children from 11kg on prescription from GPs, or from specially trained pharmacists.
Doctor Fox can only prescribe medicine to adults (18 years or over). Further information about malaria tablets for children.
Patient information leaflet – Malarone
The 'Patient Information Leaflets' supplied with medication must be read before taking tablets.Start order
The order process
Answer short medical questionnaire
Choose treatment, register, and pay
Doctor issues prescription online
Medicine posted direct from pharmacy
Have used this product on five previous holidays and have suffered no side effects, excellent product.
A. Roose Verified
Have taken this Generic product for the last four years on our trips to The Gambia and have had no side effects.
K. Tozer Verified
Works fine for me with little/no side effects
Well, we haven't got Malaria even though bitten!
Good product Does same job as ordered original product
G. Rotuska-Mwalabu Verified