What are Malarone Paediatric tablets and what are they for?
Malarone Paediatric tablets are a tablet to prevent malaria in travellers visiting high-risk malaria countries. This type of medicine is known as anti-malarial.
Malarone Paediatric is a brand name for a combination of drugs Atovaquone and Proguanil which can be used by children and adults who weigh less than 40kg.
How many should I order for my trip?
Malarone Paediatric tablets are taken daily, but the number of tablets you need to take daily depends on the weight of the child. Travelpharm has developed a handy calculator to help you work out how many you need.
As the dose depends upon weight it is important that you weigh your child before purchasing the malaria tablets, don't guess. If buying a long way in advance or travelling to malaria countries for a long time consider the possibility that your child's weight may change. Please give us a call for further advice.
Once you know how many you need simply change the quantity on this page to the calculated amount and click "Online Consultation" to order your tablets online from Travelpharm.
How do I take Malarone Paediatric tablets?
The dose for Malarone Paediatric depends on the body weight of the child:
|10kg - 19.9kg||1 tablet daily.|
|20kg - 29.9kg||2 tablets daily taken as a single dose.|
|30kg - 39.9kg||3 tablets daily taken as a single dose.|
Start one or two days before travel, whilst in the malaria-risk area and for seven days on return from the area.
- They should be taken at the same time each day with food or a milky drink.
- The tablets can be crushed if necessary just before being taken and mixed with food.
Yoghurt, Honey or Jam are good foods to disguise the taste
- If your child is sick within one hour of taking the tablet a repeat dose should be given.
If your child weighs less than 10kg please phone Travelpharm for advice.
Who can't take Malarone Paediatric tablets?
There are not many patients who can’t take Malarone, but there are some, and a few drug interactions to be aware of. Malarone should not be used by those who:
- Adults and Children over 40kg
- Are allergic to atovaquone or proguanil
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding or intend to be during your trip or two months after, without first seeking specialist advice
- Have been diagnosed with liver disease or severe kidney disease
- Have epilepsy or seizures
- Are currently taking:
- Warfarin, unless specialist advice has been issued
- metoclopramide, used to treat nausea and vomiting
- the antibiotics, tetracycline, rifampicin, or rifabutin
- efavirenz or certain highly active protease-inhibitors used to treat HIV
- etoposide used to treat cancer
Are there any side effects with Malarone Paediatric?
Side effects from Malarone Paediatric tablets are usually mild and common and very common side effects could include:
- upset stomachs,
- nausea and diarrhoea.
Whilst these are classed as common or very common, which is approximately 1 in 10 patients, most children will not suffer these problems. This list of side effects is not exhaustive and you should always consult the patient information leaflet.
Malarone Paediatric tablets contain: Atovaquone 62.5mg and Proguanil 25mg
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