How Many Malarone Paediatric do my Children need to take?

Calculating the number of Malarone Paediatric (children's Malarone) tablets you need for your trip to a country with a high risk of malaria can be tricky, especially if you are purchasing malaria prevention for more than one child. Malarone Paediatric is used for the prevention of malaria in children less than 40kg.

The below calculator can help you work out exactly how many tablets you need to buy for your trip. All you need to know is the number of children travelling, their weight in Kg, how many days they will be at risk and finally if they/you have any spare tablets.  Don't worry if you have no spares, you can put in 0 or leave the field blank.  

Step 1:

  • Weigh the children you are travelling with.  So we can prescribe safely we need an accurate weight, for example, 18.5kg.  Please do not round the weight up or down as this can cause problems with doses. 
  • Weights should preferably be taken in the morning prior to breakfast with light or no clothes worn.
  • Do not guess your child's weight as this may lead to over or under dosing of the antimalaria tablets

Step 2:

Purchase Your Antimalarial Tablets:

Malarone Paediatric

What is Malarone Paediatric?

Malarone Paediatric is a branded version of a combination of two generic (unbranded) medicines – atovaquone and proguanil. This combination is used for malaria prevention when travelling to areas of malaria risk. It can be used for the treatment of malaria, however, we only offer it for the prevention of malaria. 

Approximately 1,500 malaria cases are reported each year in travellers coming into the UK. This means it’s really important that you take the right precautions to prevent catching the disease.  

Why would I need Malarone Paediatric? How does it work and the areas of risk?

Malaria is a parasitic disease spread by mosquito bites in predominantly tropical areas of the world. This includes parts of Africa, Asia and South America. Why not check out our interactive world map which shows the areas of the world where there is malaria risk.

When you get bitten by a mosquito, it releases a parasite into your blood. Malarone works by killing this parasite, so preventing the development of the disease. 

Malaria is of particular risk for children, so it is important to make sure you check if you need malaria prevention before you travel. For adults, we offer Malarone, generic Malarone and Maloff Protect. 

How much will Malarone Paediatric cost?

Our price for Malarone Paediatric is 81p per tablet – but hopefully, you found from the Malarone paediatric calculator above the dose is calculated according to weight. 

Who can’t take Malarone Paediatric?

There are some situations where we may be unhappy to supply it, and you may need a visit to your doctor. However, there are some situations where Malarone Paediatric is not appropriate. These include;

If you are allergic to either of the main ingredients – atovaquone and proguanil. 

If you have severe kidney disease. 

It is also important that we know exactly what medicines you are currently taking, as some (although not many) cannot be taken with Malarone Paediatric. 

If we feel that this is not the most appropriate form of malaria prevention, then we may offer a suitable alternative. This could be because there is a better tablet for the area you are visiting, or your child is not the correct weight.  For further information or advice please contact Travelpharm from the contact us page. 

How to take Malarone Paediatric

You will need to start taking it two days before you travel, daily for the duration of the trip and then for a week once you return. The number of tablets taken daily as a single dose is determined by the weight of the child. 

Weight 10kg - 19.9kg1 tablet daily.
Weight 20kg - 29.9kg2 tablets daily taken as a single dose.
Weight 30kg - 39.9kg3 tablets daily taken as a single dose.

If your child is sick within one hour of taking Malarone Paediatric, then you may not be protected against malaria. You, therefore, need to take another dose as soon as possible, to maintain protection. The tablets are taken once daily with food and it’s really important that you complete the course when you return home otherwise you may still develop malaria. The calculator is a handy way of working out exactly how many tablets you will need on your trip. 

What are the likely side effects that may occur when taking Malarone Paediatric?

Some people may experience side effects, but these will not affect everybody and are usually minor. If affected, this does not mean you have to stop taking Malarone.

- Headache

- Stomach upset including feeling sick and diarrhoea.  

Are there other ways in which I can prevent malaria or diseases spread by biting insects?

As well as taking malaria prevention, we also suggest bite-prevention methods, such as;

- Using insect repellent- both repellents applied to the skin or plug-ins for rooms.

- Wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, especially at night. 

- Keeping windows and doors closed, which can be facilitated by sleeping in well air-conditioned rooms. 

- Sleeping under mosquito nets. 

We also sell a range of the products mentioned above, which can be used alongside malaria prevention tablets, including repellent and nets. Click here to see our comprehensive range.