Malarone tablets are designed to help prevent and treat malaria. Malarone tablets contains 2 main active ingredients, atovaquone and proquanil hydrochloride, which helps to kill the malaria parasite. Malaria is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, which passes the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) into the bloodstream. Malarone prevents malaria by killing this parasite. People of any age can get malaria, it is a serious disease, but is easily preventable. To prevent malaria when travelling to high risk countries Malarone tablets should be taken 1-2 days before entering the risk zone, every day you are in the risk zone and 7 days after you exit the malaria risk zone. Ideally these tablets should be taken with food or a milky drink as this helps the body absorb more Malarone into the body, which can make treatment more effective.
It is still possible to be infected by malaria after taking the necessary precautions, some types of malaria take longer than others to cause symptoms, so the illness can be delayed until several days, weeks or even months after returning from abroad. As well as taking Malarone tablets it is important to take other measures against malaria, for example by using strong insect repellent on skin and clothing, by sleeping under a mosquito net, and by keeping windows and doors closed.