anti-malarials

Anti Malarials

DoxycyclineDoxycycline

Containing the active ingredient doxycycline hyclate, Doxycycline can provide effective protection against the tropical disease malaria.

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MalaroneMalarone

Malarone is an effective and popular antimalarial treatment that contains the active ingredients atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride.

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LariamLariam

Lariam contains the active ingredient mefloquine. It can provide protection against malaria, a potentially serious tropical disease that is spread by mosquitoes.

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What are antimalarials?

It is highly recommended that you speak to your doctor or pharmacist for help and advice when looking for the right treatment for you.

Antimalarials are a type of medication used to prevent and treat malaria. It is important to consider using these treatments if you plan to travel to areas where there is a risk of contracting this disease.

At Europa Pharmacy, we offer four types of antimalarials. Each medication is different and it’s important that you find the most suitable match for your specific requirements. Read below for a brief introduction to each of these medications.

Doxycycline can be taken every day that you are in a risk area. It should be started 24-48 hours before you travel and continued for four weeks when you return. The effects of doxycycline can include sunburn, stomach upset and heartburn, and it is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Malarone is most effective if taken at the same time each day accompanied by food or a milky drink. Treatment can begin one or two days prior to travelling but must continue for seven days after you leave a risk area. Common side effects of Malarone can range from vomiting and diarrhea to problems with balance, speech and walking.

Lariam can be taken once weekly but should start three weeks before you leave for your travels and continue for a month after you arrive back. This medication is not advised for those who suffer from epilepsy or mental health problems. People using Lariam often suffer from spells of dizziness and it can also bring on feelings of anxiety and panic attacks.

Atovaquone and proguanil can be taken once a day for the entire duration of your stay, starting at least two days before your journey and continuing for at least seven days after. The possible side effects can include headaches, skin rashes and mouth ulcers. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this treatment.

What causes malaria?

Malaria is caused when a human is bitten by a mosquito that has been infected by the plasmodium parasite. Once bitten, the liver becomes contaminated, the red blood cells become invaded and the parasites grow and multiply. Malaria is usually spread by infected female mosquitoes who are carrying the disease but it cannot be passed directly from one human to another.

How does malaria treatment work?

Malaria treatment is designed to stop infection from beginning in the first place or developing if it has already been contracted. As malaria thrives off certain enzymes to develop and reproduce, an antimalarial treatment will stop this from happening.

The type of antimalarial treatment you need will depend on a number of variables, such as where you are travelling to, any allergies you may have, any medication you are taking, your age, whether you are pregnant and any other patient-related factors.