Malaria is a disease transmitted through mosquito bites. Left untreated, the condition can cause serious harm, and even be deadly in some cases.

  1. Infection occurs through mosquito bites
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Malaria is a tropical disease, caused by a parasite which can be transferred to humans through mosquito bites in certain parts of the world. The disease can cause harmful and debilitating symptoms, such as a fever, severe headaches, diarrhoea and muscular pain, and even be fatal. These may only appear a week after infection, and may take even longer to manifest in some cases.

The condition is one of the world’s biggest killers. Out of the estimated 200 million people who contract the disease each year, over 650,000 of those will die as a result of the infection. For this reason, it is vital for those who are experiencing symptoms during or after travel, and suspect they may have the disease, to get medical help right away.

One of the best ways of tackling malaria is to prevent it from beginning. Antimalarials are tablet medications which are designed to be taken just before travel, during travel and for a set period after travel, to help prevent the disease. They do this by restricting the activity of the parasite responsible for the illness. The products available here include Malarone by GlaxoSmithKline, Lariam by Roche, and Doxycycline, which is a generic drug.

Infection occurs when the plasmodium parasite enters a person’s bloodstream. It then begins to assimilate blood cells and spread. Different treatments for malaria work in slightly different ways, but they all attack the parasite by disabling its capacity for growth. Once it is no longer able to develop, the parasite becomes susceptible to the body’s natural defences, and is subsequently killed off.

Antimalarial treatment should be an essential part of your preparations if you’re getting ready to visit a tropical destination. Before you go, it is important to research the area you are travelling to, and to speak to your GP or travel clinic. They will help you to find out which form of drug is most advisable for you; as some regions may contain strains which are resistant to certain types of medication.

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Page last reviewed:  08/09/2017
Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment

Certain measures can be taken to help prevent malaria. Antimalarial medications, which are designed to be taken during your trip, can lower the risk of infection by as much as 90 per cent. These include Lariam, Malarone and Doxycycline, and are available with a prescription.

How do they work?

All three of these treatments work by attacking the parasite responsible for the infection. This stops the parasite from spreading by inhibiting its capacity to infect more cells in the bloodstream, enabling the immune system to neutralise the threat.

What are the side effects?

As the treatments listed above contain different active ingredients, the side effects associated with each may vary. Which one you choose will be determined by the specific area you are travelling to, but also by any medical conditions you might have which could make adverse reactions more likely.

Can I take them with other medications?

Interactions may occur when using antimalarials in combination with other drugs, so you should let your prescriber know which other medicines you are using during consultation.

Page last reviewed:  08/09/2017
Question and Answers

What’s the difference between the medications?

Lariam contains an agent called mefloquine, and it is not completely understood how this substance works. However, it is known to stop the development of the parasite in the bloodstream and the escalation of the disease.

Malarone contains two active ingredients, called proguanil and atovaquone. They both restrict the formulation of compounds which the parasite requires to reproduce. This halts the spread of infection.

Doxycycline is an antibiotic, but is also effective when used against plasmodium. Again, it stops the parasite from multiplying in number by inhibiting its ability to generate self-sustaining chemicals and grow.

Should I take Lariam, Malarone or Doxycycline?

It depends on a number of factors. You should read the information available to you on the area which you are travelling to, to find out if the strains of malaria present are resistant to any forms of medication. Additionally, your general health, as well as the presence of any medical conditions, may also influence your choice of product. Find out more by consulting your travel clinic or your GP.

Are there different side effects?

Yes. Check the pages for each item for more detailed information, but these may include headaches, upset stomach or difficulty sleeping.

Is it right for me?

To find out more, speak to your GP or local travel clinic.

Please note that we do not provide malaria treatments through our site.

Page last reviewed:  08/09/2017
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