If you’re travelling to a malaria zone, anti-malaria tablets will be an essential travel buddy. …read moreSee less
Malaria tablets help to keep you safe from malaria, reducing your chances of getting this dangerous disease by up to 90%. Combine anti-malarial tablets with preventative measures like insect repellent and mosquito nets to help to keep those nasty insects from passing on malaria as you travel the globe.
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Are malaria tablets suitable for children?
Some malaria tablets, such as Chloroquine, can be taken by children, although the paediatric dose of these medications will be less than the one recommended for adults.
Children are particularly at risk of getting the complications which can come from malaria, so we wouldn’t recommend taking young children to a malaria zone.
If you absolutely must take your child to a country with a malaria risk, make sure to see your doctor so they can give your child a thorough check-up and recommend any anti-malaria medication they think would be appropriate.
Always follow the dose given by a doctor carefully if you’re giving a child anti-malaria tablets.
Can I buy malaria tablets over the counter?
You can buy malaria tablets over the counter from Chemist4 without a prescription, but you will need to answer some questions set by our pharmacists first.
This helps our pharmacy team be sure that you’re taking the right medication and that it’s safe for you to use.
As well as this, we’d recommend that you speak to your doctor before travelling into a malaria zone so they can give you a proper check-up and recommend the right anti-malarial for you.
Can I take malaria tablets when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor before taking any malaria tablets.
Pregnant women are at high risk of complications if they get malaria, so we would recommend delaying any travel to malaria zones until after your pregnancy, to protect yourself and your unborn child.
If there is no way to avoid travelling to a malaria zone during your pregnancy, then your doctor may recommend a course of malaria tablets, but you should only take these if you have been told to do so by a doctor.
What is malaria?
Malaria is a very serious parasitic infection transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito.
Once the infection has entered the body, it travels to the liver then the red blood cells, eventually getting into the bloodstream.
Malaria is preventable and treatable, but there is a higher risk of death in poorer areas of the world where many people struggle to get the healthcare they need to fight the disease.