Malaria is a serious illness transmitted through mosquito bites, which tends to be most present in warmer or tropical regions. Preventative medicines can help travellers to reduce their risk of being infected with the disease.
- Infection occurs through mosquito bites
- High prominence in tropical regions
- Medicines can help to prevent it
If you’re looking to order malaria prevention treatment online, you can do so through our confidential consultation service. Approved medicines are delivered by tracked next-day courier.
3 treatment(s) for Malaria
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- Provides malaria protection
- One tablet taken daily
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.
How common is malaria?
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.
There are medicines effective at treating the disease, but these will need to administered in hospital.
It’s much easier to prevent malaria than it is to treat it. Antimalarials are tablet medications which are designed to be taken just before travel, during travel and for a set period after travel, to lower the risk of getting the disease. They do this by restricting the activity of the parasite responsible for the illness.
Treatments for malaria include Malarone, Maloff, Doxycycline and Lariam. The type of treatment you use will depend on where you’re travelling to, as different strains exist in different areas and some are resistant to antimalarials; as well as your medical profile.
If you’re planning to travel to a foreign region and aren’t sure whether you need treatment or which one to use, you can look up the malaria risk at your destination on the NHS Fit for Travel site.
What happens in the body during a malaria infection?
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.
Should I take malaria prevention?
If you’re travelling to an affected region, antimalarial treatment should be an essential part of your preparations. 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.
Can I buy malaria prevention online?
You can buy Malarone and Maloff from our site if you are travelling to an area where these prevention treatments are indicated. Take our questionnaire to start your consultation, and our doctor will review your order. Once confirmed as suitable, your treatment will be dispensed at our pharmacy and shipped by tracked courier.
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 Malarone, Maloff, Lariam and Doxycycline.
Lariam and Doxycycline are not currently available from our site.
However, you can buy Malarone and the pharmacy medicine version of this, Maloff, via our secure pharmacy service.
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?
The most common side effects associated with Malarone are diarrhoea, headache, and feeling or being sick.
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?
It depends what other treatments you’re taking. 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.
What’s the difference between the medications?
Lariam contains an agent called mefloquine. The mechanism of action is not fully understood; however it is known to stop the development of the parasite in the bloodstream and the escalation of the disease.
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.
Malarone and Maloff contain 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.
At present, only Maloff and Malarone are available through our site.
What treatment should I use?
It depends on a number of factors. You should read the information available on the area which you are travelling to, to find out if the strains of malaria present are resistant to any forms of medication. You can do this at the NHS Fit for Travel site.
Your doctor will also need to check which treatment is the most suitable for you in relation to your overall health, and advise on the most appropriate.
Are there different side effects?
Yes. These may vary according to the medicine.
Those most commonly associated with Malarone include headache, nausea and vomiting.
How can I buy antimalarial treatment online?
First you’ll need to find out which treatment is most suitable for the destination you’re travelling to.
At present, we only provide Malarone and Maloff. If these are indicated for the area you’re visiting, take our questionnaire to begin your consultation with our doctor. Once your order has been approved, our UK pharmacy will dispense and ship it to you, by tracked courier.
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