Malarone (Atovaquone/Proguanil) — Malaria Prevention
Malaria is a serious, potentially life threatening disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Your itinerary includes travel to a malarious area. It is therefore recommended that you take a medication that decreases the risk of contracting Malaria.
If Chloroquine resistance is reported in the area of your travel (part of Africa, South America, and Asia), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends either Lariam (Mefloquine), Malarone, or Doxycycline.
Malarone is a combination of atovaquone and proguanil.
Malarone is taken daily. Take one pill each day starting 1 day before entering the malarious area, each day while in the malarious area and for 7 days after leaving the area. This medicine should be taken at the same time every day and with a large meal or milky drink.
Side effects of Malarone are rare and consist of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, and dizziness. If vomiting occurs within one hour after taking the pill, take a repeat dose. Consult a health care professional if Malarone is discontinued for any reason while in the malarious area.