malarone 250 150mg, treatment for malaria

What is Malarone?

Malarone is a brand of antimalarial medication used for the prevention and treatment of a parasitic disease called malaria. It effectively eliminates the malaria parasite upon entry into the bloodstream, serving as a preventive measure against serious illness.

What is Malarone used for?

Malarone serves two purposes: 

  • preventing malaria 

  • treating malaria 

Malaria is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, introducing the malaria parasite (plasmodium falciparum) into the bloodstream. Malarone acts by eliminating this parasite, preventing malaria transmission, and effectively treating existing infections. 

Who can and cannot use medicines containing Malarone?

Malarone is generally suitable for individuals requiring malaria prevention or treatment. However, there are several things to be aware of.  

  • avoid taking Malarone if you are allergic to atovaquone, proguanil hydrochloride, or any listed ingredients

  • if you have severe kidney disease when using it for malaria prevention  

Inform your doctor if these conditions apply to you.  

Exercise caution and consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Malarone if: 

  • you have severe kidney disease 

  • ff your child is being treated for malaria and weighs less than 11 kg  

Notify your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription ones, as they may interact with Malarone. Medications like metoclopramide, tetracycline, rifampicin, rifabutin, efavirenz, certain protease inhibitors for HIV, warfarin, and etoposide can affect or be affected by Malarone.  

Keep your doctor informed and seek advice if you start any new medications while on Malarone. 

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What if I forget to take a dose of Malarone?

If you happen to forget a dose of Malarone, it's crucial to complete the entire course. If a dose is missed, there's no need to panic. Simply take the next dose as soon as you remember and resume your treatment as usual. Avoid taking extra tablets to compensate for a missed dose; stick to your regular dosing schedule.  

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