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What is Malaria?

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Malaria is a tropical disease passed on to humans by mosquitoes and is currently virulent in 100 countries over the world. It is caused by a parasite (germ) called plasmodium that lives in mosquitoes. Malaria is one of the leading causes of disease and death in the world. It is estimated that there are 300 to 500 million new cases every year, with 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths worldwide. Malaria occurs extensively in tropical and subtropical regions.

Most infections occur in travellers returning to the UK (rather than visitors coming to the UK). The risk of getting malaria is greatest if you do not take your anti-malarial medication or do not take it properly.

If you feel unwell and have recently returned from an area in which there is malaria you should seek prompt medical advice, even if you have taken your anti-malarial medication correctly.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are safe, fast and confidential. You can obtain treatment within the privacy of your home and without the inconvenience of waiting for an appointment.

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  • Also known as Vibramycin-D
  • Effective in most areas of the world and generally well tolerated
  • Needs to be taken until 4 weeks after leaving a malaria area
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Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil)

  • Atovaquone and proguanil together are also known under the brand name Malarone
  • Effective in most areas of the world and generally well tolerated
  • Needs to be taken until 1 week after leaving a malaria area
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Medicines at a glance


Doxycycline, also known as Vibramycin-D, is a tetracycline antibiotic that has been licensed for use as an anti-malaral. It is relatively cheap, well tolerated and effective in most areas of the world. It may cause photosensitivity and predispose to vaginal candidal infections in women.

Atovaquone and proguanil together are also known under the brand name Malarone. Generally more expensive, it is effective in most areas of the world and well tolerated. Tablets are only continued for one week after leaving a malaria region.

When to start taking your tablets

2 days before entering malaria area

2 days before entering malaria area

When to stop taking your tablets

4 weeks after leaving malaria area

1 week after leaving malaria area

Number of tablets required

1 week trip: 37
2 week trip: 44
3 week trip: 51
4 week trip: 58
8 week trip: 86
12 week trip: 114

1 week trip: 16
2 week trip: 23
3 week trip: 30
4 week trip: 37
8 week trip: 65
12 week trip: 93

Side Effects
  • sunburn due to light sensitivity
  • stomach upset
  • heartburn
  • thrush
  • can reduce the effectiveness of some oral contraceptives
  • intestinal upset
  • headaches
  • skin rash
  • mouth ulcers
Please Note

All medication can cause side effects. We have only listed a few to be aware of. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire, it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.

Patient Information Leaflet

Doxycycline PIL

Malarone PIL


Doxycycline is never recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women in the UK as it could harm the baby.

Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) is generally not recommended as there is only limited research on use of this drug in pregnancy.


Other anti-malarial medicines include chloroquine (also known as Avloclor tablets or Nivaquine syrup) and proguanil (also known as Paludrine). The major disadvantage of these two medicines is that many strains of malaria are now resistant, so the drugs are no longer effective. We therefore do not offer chloroquine and proguanil alone. We also do not offer Lariam (mefloquine).

Looking after your medicine

Do not take medicines after the expiry date stamped on the pack. Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Medicines are only intended to be used by the person they are prescribed for. Do not give your prescribed medicine to anybody else, even if they have the same symptoms as you. Medicines can be harmful if used by anybody other than the person they have been prescribed for.

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Complete a free online medical consultation. Your answers provide our doctors with the information they need to safely recommend the right treatment for you.

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A doctor will review your consultation and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. Our doctors will suggest suitable treatment options, including dosage and treatment duration. Select your medicine and complete your order using our secure payment system.

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All prescriptions are sent electronically to our UK based partner pharmacy, ready for dispatch. Our partner pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council and only dispenses genuine branded medicines licensed for use in the UK.

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Medicines require a signature upon delivery. Most orders are dispensed and dispatched for delivery the next working day. All orders are sent using discrete packaging with no mention of Anytime Doctor or the parcel content. Upgrade to same day delivery for orders within the M25.

All of our prices are fully inclusive. When buying your treatment online our price includes the cost of the consultation, the issuing of a private prescription, dispensing of the medicine itself, free delivery and doctor after-care. There are no hidden extras.

We aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation to ensure that the treatment option you are requesting is appropriate for your needs. Our GMC registered doctors are also able to suggest treatment options for you if you prefer. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your medical consultation and registration is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

In order to manage some conditions online, we are required to inform your GP about the medicine you have been prescribed. This will be clearly highlighted during your consultation. We will not contact or share this information with your GP without your consent. You are required to provide consent each time you order, so you remain in full control of when we contact your GP on your behalf.

Your Anytime Doctor medical record is confidential and securely stored on our UK data servers. We will never share your details unless you expressly ask us to do so.

To select which type of anti-malarial tablet you should take, first make a note of which tablets are recommended for your area of travel. After your medical consultation a doctor will recommend the tablets which are safe for you take. If both medicines are recommended, your choice comes down to personal preference such as cost and the number of tablets you need to take for your trip.

Please visit the NHS Fit for Travel website which lists the recommended anti-malarials for every country in the world. Click on the countries you are visiting and make a note of the recommended anti-malarial tablets.

Remember that no anti-malarial drug is 100% effective, careful anti-mosquito bite measures are essential. You should also use a mosquito net at night and effective repellents to avoid getting bitten.

Many cases of malaria can be prevented by the ABCD approach:

  • A - Awareness of risk: know your risk of malaria
  • B - Bite prevention: avoid bites as much as possible
  • C - Chemoprophylaxis: take the right antimalarial tablets
  • D - Diagnosis: get immediate medical help for symptoms

If you are planning to travel for more than six months, you are considered to be a long term traveller. When travelling to areas where there is a risk of malaria, always consider taking anti malarial medicine. If you are travelling to different places, you may only need to take anti-malarials for part of your trip. Long term travellers should discuss their options at a specialist travel health clinic or with their GP.

Mosquitoes bite particularly at twilight and at night, so you should take most precautions during this time. Sleep in rooms that are properly screened with gauze over the windows and doors, preferably air-conditioned. Spray the room with an insecticide before entering to kill any mosquitoes that have got inside during the day.

You should also consider using a mosquito net around your bed, impregnated with an insecticide such as pyrethrum (a harmless substance manufactured on the basis of extract of chrysanthemum) or permethrin (artificial pyrethrum).

Long trousers, long sleeved clothing and socks thick enough to stop the mosquitoes biting will also protect you, and should be worn outside after sunset. While you will not be able to avoid bites completely, the less you and your family are bitten, the less likely you are to catch malaria.

Mosquito repellent containing diethyl toluamide (DEET) is recommended as the most effective form of bite preventive treatment. It has an excellent safety profile in adults, children and pregnant women and has been used in over 8 billion doses in the last 50 years. Insect repellents containing over 30 to 50 per cent DEET will effectively repel mosquitoes when applied to exposed skin.

Other alternatives if you dislike DEET include non-DEET Jungle Formula, Bayrepel and Mosiguard (made from eucalyptus oil). It is important that the manufacturer's recommendations are not exceeded, particularly when using on small children.

Last Reviewed  25/03/2020   Authored  05/09/2010

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  • Genuine medication prescribed and dispensed by UK GPs and pharmacy
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  • Discrete service, no face to face appointments needed
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