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26 Jul 2005

Malarone
Is it possible to purchase malarone (anti-malaria) in South Africa without a prescription? Is it now widely available or do we need to visit a travel clinic?
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01 Jan 0001

MalaroneĀ® is an antimalarial containing atovaquone and proguanil and is registered in some countries for both treatment and prophylaxis of malaria. As far as I know it is not yet registered here in South Africa.
A tablet called MalanilĀ® that contains the same ingredients and works in exactly the same way has however recently been registered in South Africa. It is highly effective, relatively well-tolerated and is as an alternative option to mefloquine or doxycycline. As atovaquone-proguanil is considered to be a causal prophylactic, the drug needs to be taken only for the duration of the malaria exposure and for 7 days thereafter.
These drugs WILL require a prescription.

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