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Malarone or Generic Atovaquone

What is Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil)?

Malarone belongs to a group of medicines called antimalarials. It contains two active ingredients, atovaquone and proguanil, and is used to treat and prevent malaria.

Malarone is now also available as a generic medicine called atovaquone and proguanil. This contains the same active ingredients as Malarone and is a fully licensed UK medicine. The Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service can prescribe this generic version at significantly lower prices than branded Malarone, should you wish to purchase a lower-priced product.

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Atovaquone Atovaquone/Proguanil Hydrochloride Tablets £2.50 per tablet Prescription only Select
Malarone Malarone Paed 25mg/62.5mg 1 pack £0.71 per tablet Prescription only Select
Malarone Malarone Adult 250mg/100mg 1 pack £2.42 per unit Prescription only Select

How to take Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil)

Malarone, or generic atovaquone and proguanil, should only be taken if prescribed by a registered doctor. The adult dose is one adult-strength tablet a day. Child dosage is also once a day, but the amount depends on the child's weight.

Treatment should be started one or two days before you travel, taken the whole time you are in a risk area and for seven days after you leave that area.

Is Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) suitable for me?

Malarone is not suitable if you have severe kidney disease, or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil)?

Like all medicines, Malarone and generic atovaquone and proguanil can have unwanted side effects, although not everyone will get them. Possible side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or a cough. You may also experience headache, dizziness, insomnia, abnormal dreams, depression, anorexia, fever, rash and pruritus. Less frequently reported side effects include stomatitis, palpitation, anxiety, blood disorders, hyponatraemia, and hair loss. Cases of hepatitis, cholestasis, tachycardia, hallucinations, seizures, vasculitis, mouth ulcers, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome have also all been reported.

You can find a full list of potential side effects and any other important information you’ll need to be aware of on the patient leaflet provided in the pack. It is very important you read the patient information leaflet in full before starting to take a new medicine.