Antimalarials: Malaria Prevention

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Antimalarial medications are also known as antimalarials and malaria tablets. They are taken to prevent malaria. There are a number of options available and the choice depends upon destination and individual suitability.

Antimalarial Price For a pack of
Doxycycline £35 Pack of 50
Malarone £48 Pack of 12
Paediatric Malarone £22.50 Pack of 12
Lariam £35 Pack of 10

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Antimalarials: Malaria Prevention

Malaria is a preventable and treatable tropical disease which is spread by mosquitoes. Each year there are more than 200 million new cases of malaria worldwide. In Western countries, nearly all malaria cases are caused by travelling, which is why it’s important to be prepared before you visit an area at risk of malaria. 

Malaria is prevented by taking antimalarials, also known as malaria tablets. They ensure the malaria parasite doesn’t reach unmanageable numbers, keeping you healthy whilst you travel.

If you intend to visit malarial regions, ensure that you take the antimalarial medication with you for the whole duration of your trip. We can help you find the antimalarial medication you need to take with you.

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How can I prevent Malaria?

When visiting an area with risk of malaria, anti-malarial medication may be required. 

The type of medication given will depend on where you are travelling and your medical history. We will help you find the anti-malarial medication that suits you. We always discuss the risks and benefits in detail at your appointment.

What are antimalarials?

Antimalarials are oral tablets taken to help prevent malaria, they offer up to 90% protection, dramatically reducing your risk of the disease.

There are a number of varieties available on the market and it is best to discuss with a travel expert to determine the most suitable for you.

Who should use antimalarials?

Adults and children travelling to countries where Malaria is considered a risk should use antimalarial medication.

Antimalarials can reduce your risk of catching malaria by up to 90% making your travels much safer. 

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What is Malaria?

Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes.

The malaria parasite is spread by the bite of the female mosquito only. It can be fatal if it’s not diagnosed and treated quickly.

What are the symptoms of malaria?

The most common malaria symptoms are:

  • Fever – 38ºC or over (often intermittent)
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • A headache
  • Chills (sweating and shivering)
  • Abdominal pains and diarrhoea
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin & whites of eyes)

Not all of these symptoms may be present, and symptoms may be delayed (in some cases for up to a year) after your return home – obscuring the link to your travels. Always seek prompt medical advice if you are unwell.

Malaria is easily misdiagnosed as flu, especially at times of year when flu-like symptoms are common. Fever, even weeks after returning from the tropics, should always be treated as an emergency. Call us on 020 7353 5678 and we can advise you.

Why should I keep taking antimalarials once I’ve returned home?

Antimalarials do not prevent you from being infected with the malaria parasite, but they suppress the infection by killing the parasite either in the liver, or as they are leaving the liver to enter the bloodstream.

Therefore if you have been infected with malaria during your travels, you may still have parasites within your body. Continuing the course of treatment after you return ensures that those parasites do not get a chance to multiply and cause you potentially severe illness.

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Antimalarial medications are also known as antimalarials and malaria tablets. They are taken to prevent malaria. There are a number of options available and the choice depends upon destination and individual suitability.

Antimalarial Price For a pack of
Doxycycline £35 Pack of 50
Malarone £48 Pack of 12
Paediatric Malarone £22.50 Pack of 12
Lariam £35 Pack of 10

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

Vaccinations at Fleet Street Clinic

Travelling the world is one of life’s greatest joys, whether it be a holiday or a business trip.

Visiting different countries and experiencing different cultures is extremely exciting but unfortunately it does come with some increased health risks. We understand seeking travel health advice isn’t the most exciting aspect of planning your trip but travelling unprepared dramatically increases your risk of getting an incurable or even fatal preventable-disease.

A consultation with an expert travel nurse and a couple of vaccinations could be the difference between you staying healthy and enjoying your travels and you being seriously unwell.

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FAQS

Malaria is a serious and sometimes life-threatening tropic disease. It can be fatal if left untreated. It is important to seek medical help if you think you have malaria.

It may be recommended you take standby emergency treatment (SBET) for malarial on your travels. You can discuss this with your travel nurse during a travel consultation. This is usually only recommended when travelling to areas that are remote and with little or no medical facilities close-by.

If you think you may have malaria, you should seek medical attention. They will be able to diagnose malaria with a blood test and if it comes back as positive they can begin treatment. It is important not to delay medical attention as your health could deteriorate rapidly.

Yes, there are quite a few different options to consider. It is best to leave this decision to a travel nurse who will take a number of personal details to determine the most appropriate for you. They will take into account where you are going, relevant family medical history, your age and any past experience with antimalarials amongst other things.