Malarone or non-branded generic atovaquone/proguanil anti-malaria tablets.

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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 from GSK. Both available from Dr Fox.


Prices of branded and generic Malarone from Dr Fox
Quantity (trip length)GSK Malarone costGeneric 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

Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

Compare prices: Dr Fox prices are 25%-50% lower cost than other online clinics.

Prescription fees

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 valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£3.00
up to £50£5.00
up to £100£8.00
over £100£10.00
Prices of atovaquone/proguanil and GlaxoSmithKline Malarone tablets (28 September 2016), from UK online clinics - qualifying notes
*Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.
  1. The prices shown are listed by the online clinics named after a customer first enters consultation information and is offered prescriptions. It is possible these clinics may have special offers or lower prices for repeat supplies.
  2. Prices may change and are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date stated.
  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
  4. Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in the table (between £1 and £10 depending on value of the order).
  5. Some non POM items may be available at lower cost (OTC or P medicines) when supplied not on prescription.
  6. To amend the information in this table please contact us
  7. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
Malarone (generic)Dr Fox*Pharmacy2UMed ExpressLloydsSuperdrugExpress 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*Pharmacy2UMed ExpressLloydsSuperdrugExpress 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
UK Delivery£2.90£3.45£2.90£4.95inc£2.95

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About Malarone

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.

Why Malarone?

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

The 'Patient Information Leaflets' supplied with medication must be read before taking tablets.

Malarone Patient Information Leaflet

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Authored 11 July 2013
by Dr Tony Steele, MB ChB

Reviewed 25 November 2016
by Dr B. Babor, MB ChB

Last updated 22 March 2017

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Malarone rated 9.17/10 in 12 product reviews

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Malarone is the only medication I would take when visiting 'malaria areas' It has no side effects and you only need 1 tablet per day and for 1 week on return. I would never use anything else

13/03/2017 12:54
A. Rollason Verified

I took the pills as prescribed and did not get malaria.

07/01/2017 03:09
S. Widdows Verified

Arrived as expected.

06/12/2016 15:06
Anonymous Verified

Good product always arrive very quickly used a few times now never been disappointed

24/11/2016 17:45
Anonymous Verified

great no side affects

10/11/2016 10:59
Anonymous Verified

Does what it's supposed to, as far as I can tell.

07/11/2016 10:40
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