What are Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets used for?
Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets are anti-malaria medication, which can be used by those who are travelling to a country that has a risk of malaria. You begin taking Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets a week before travelling to any malaria-affected country to ensure that there is enough medication in your bloodstream to provide effective protection against malaria.
What's included in this pack?
Paludrine/Avloclor Travel Pack contains two different medicines which are used in combination for certain malaria regions. Paludrine is produced as tablets which contain 100 mg of proguanil hydrochloride. Avloclor is produced as tablets which contain 250 mg of chloroquine phosphate.
The Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Travel Pack is produced in packs of 112 tablets (7 strips of 16) (98 Paludrine and 14 Avloclor). Each strip contains 1 weeks supply and each box contains 7 strips which are enough for a 2-week stay in the malaria zone.
How will these tablets help to prevent malaria?
Both Paludrine and Avloclor are both active ingredients which belong to a group of medicines called antimalarials. This means that they can be used in certain parts of the world to help prevent malaria by killing the malaria parasite if it enters your bloodstream, keeping the condition from developing.
How to take Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets.
Take Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets after food, with a drink of water. Begin taking Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets one week before you enter the malaria area and continue to take this medication throughout your stay. After you have left the malaria area, you must continue to take Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets for four weeks. Please read the patient information leaflet for exact dosage instructions.
What else can I do to prevent malaria?
Although Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets will protect from malaria, there are no malaria tablets which offer 100% protection. This is why it is so important to know what else you can do to protect yourself from malaria, mainly by avoiding mosquito bites. You can reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitos by wearing light, long-sleeved clothing and light trousers when you are outside, using insect repellent creams or sprays, and sleeping under a mosquito net.
Do I need a prescription for Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets?
You do not need a prescription for Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets, but our pharmacists need to be sure that this medication is the right thing for you. This is why you will be asked to complete a short online questionnaire that contains questions our pharmacy team are legally required to ask before providing medication of this type. As part of this online consultation, we ask that you read the patient information leaflet for Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets, which is available HERE.
When should Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets not be used?
If you are pregnant, are likely to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets or travelling to a country where there is malaria. Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets should not be used for children under the age of 1. Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets are not suitable for people who are taking amiodarone, which is used to control your heart rate. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to proguanil hydrochloride, chloroquine phosphate or any of the ingredients listed, do not take Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets.
Can I drive after taking this product?
Paludrine/Avloclor Antimalarial Tablets may cause blurred eyesight or make it difficult for you to focus your eyes. If you find that this happens to you do not drive or attempt to use machinery or tools.
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, Paludrine and Avloclor tablets can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any side effects while using this product, speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist immediately. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA's Yellow Card Scheme.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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The active substance in Paludrine tablets is proguanil hydrochloride. Each tablet contains 100 mg of proguanil hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are calcium carbonate, gelatin, magnesium stearate (E572) and maize starch.
The active substance in Avloclor tablets is chloroquine phosphate. Each tablet contains 250 mg of chloroquine phosphate (equivalent to 155 mg of chloroquine base).
The other ingredients are magnesium stearate (E572) and maize starch.
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