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Malaria prevention

We want to make travelling for you and your family as healthy and safe as possible. If you're travelling abroad and want to find out if it is an area affected by malaria you can visit the Fit for Travel website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

What is malaria?

Malaria is an infection of the blood that is carried from person to person by mosquitoes. The best way to prevent malaria is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

What malaria prevention medicine can I get from Boots Online Clinic ?

If the country you're visiting is affected, you should consider malaria prevention medicine. Some malaria tablets are only available on prescription. However, we can help you get a prescription for Malarone, without having to go to your doctor first. We need to assess your suitability through our online consultation and then we can arrange for you to receive Malarone. Each person travelling will need to complete the online assessment in order to receive medicine. Read more about Malarone on the patient information leaflet .

If you require a malaria prevention medication other than Malarone, you may find the Boots Travel Health Service meets your requirements

How much will the malaria prevention medicine cost?

Malarone is not generally available on the NHS. The cost of Malarone will vary depending on the length of time you will be travelling. You may order exact amounts to meet your requirements. For example:

£45.32 for a pack of 12 tablets, sufficient for a 3 day trip.
£79.98 for a pack of 23 tablets, sufficient for a 2 week trip.
£102.05 for a pack of 30 tablets, sufficient for a 3 week trip.

The minimum order quantity is 12 tablets and you must be age 16 or over to receive Malarone through the Boots Malaria Prevention Service.

Malaria prevention: How do I get started?

Already have a prescription? Follow this link to log-in and order your medicine

If you need a prescription for malaria prevention, Boots can provide the medicine Malarone. We can arrange this for you and you won't need to go to your doctor first.*

When you click "Get Started", if you are an existing customer simply login to your account. If not, you will be asked to register for an account. This only takes a few minutes and you will then be able complete the online consultation and order your treatment, if suitable.

You will then follow three simple steps to get your treatment:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Complete the online consultation

Choose your treatment, select delivery option and make your payment online*

Collect your treatment from your chosen pharmacy or have it delivered to you



Remember - before you start the consultation, check the Fit for Travel website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk to ensure that the area you are travelling to is an area affected by malaria and that Malarone is recommended.



Read more on the Patient Information Leaflet.
Click here to find out more about our online clinics.
Click here to read a copy of our patient guide

*Subject to stock availability

Malaria prevention: I want some more information

How can Boots help me with malaria prevention?

If you already have a prescription for Malarone, simply click on I have a prescription and we can arrange for this to be dispensed. You can either collect your treatment from your chosen Boots pharmacy or have it delivered to you. If you decide to have it delivered to you at home, please note that charges may apply.

If you have checked at the Fit for Travel website www.fitfortravel.nhs.co.uk and confirmed that you are travelling to an area affected by malaria, and that Malarone (proguanil hydrochloride and atovaquone) is recommended, we can arrange for you to receive this. Click 'How do I get Started' above to find out how to get your treatment.

Boots also offers a range of travel products both in our stores and on boots.com, including bite relief creams and insect repellents

Remember that a Boots pharmacist is always happy to give you any advice that you may need about holiday healthcare for you and your family.

Which of the anti-malarials recommended is right for me?

Boots can only prescribe Malarone. If the Fit for Travel website has recommended a choice of medicines, speak to your doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic about which option may be suitable for you.

Other malaria prevention medicines are available from our instore Boots Travel Health Service. Click here to find out more.

If you have been recommended Proguanil, Chloroquine or both then you will able to purchase these from your local Boots pharmacy (subject to availability) or from boots.com once you have a prescription from your doctor.

How does Malarone work?

Malarone prevents malaria by killing a certain type of malaria parasite. Some types of malaria become resistant to some anti-malarials, so it is important to check which one is recommended each time you travel.

What are the ingredients in Malarone?

Malarone contains two active ingredients proguanil hydrochloride and atovaquone. These are both medicines that are active against the parasite that causes malaria.

How do I take Malarone?

You should start taking Malarone two days before travelling to an area affected by malaria. You continue to take it whilst you are there and then for another seven days after you return to a malaria-free location.

You'll need to take one Malarone tablet once a day, at the same time each day with food or a milky drink.

How effective is Malarone?

Malarone is most effective when the complete course is taken. Stopping early will put you at risk. No malaria prevention treatment can completely protect you, so it is very important that you also take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, for example, by putting up screens on doors and windows, using a repellent spray and using the air conditioning.

Are there any side effects to Malarone?

Malarone can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The side effects are generally mild and include headaches, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Other possible side effects include coughing, mouth ulcers, dizziness and a rash. It is essential that you continue to take your malaria prevention medication as directed and if you cannot tolerate the side effects for any reason, you must seek advice about obtaining an alternative.

What if I am unwell on my return?

Remember to seek immediate medical advice if you have flu-like symptoms when you return or at any time up to a year after you return from travelling.



Read more on the Patient Information Leaflet.
Click here to find out more about our online clinics.
Click here to read a copy of our patient guide


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