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Side effects of malaria tablets

Malaria prevention

There are numerous different tablets for the treatment and prevention of malaria but none of them can be claimed 100 per cent effective. Different parts of the world require different types of malaria tablets. Malaria tablets are not sufficient in order to be fully protected from malaria. A person needs to reduce the exposure to mosquito bites as much as possible in order to obtain full protection from the condition known as malaria.

Side Effects

One of the most commonly used malaria tablets is called Malarone. Malarone is known to be a very well tolerated medicine and its side effects are really quite uncommon. It is also available in a much more convenient form of pediatric tablets. Those who suffer from severe renal impairment should avoid Malarone. Breastfeeding and pregnant women should also avoid using these medications since it can be harmful for the infant. It is also not recommended for children.

The therapy usually starts a few days before taking the trip to the area where malaria may occur. This medication may be a bit more expensive than other malaria solutions, but it is rather practical since, it needs to be taken for just a week after traveling. Another efficient medication that can be used for the prevention and treatment of malaria is Chloroquine.

It is good for those who take long trips as it needs to be taken on a weekly basis. There are people who suffer from chronic rheumatologic conditions and therefore need to be treated with hydroxychloroquine medications.

Those people do not have to take chloroquine in order to prevent or treat malaria since it is contained in the aforementioned medication.

Another good side of chloroquine is that pregnant women can use it without worrying about any side effects. This medication is not a good option for last minute travelers because it needs to be taken two weeks before the actual trip begins. Another medication commonly used for the treatment of malaria is Doxycycline. It is the cheapest antimalarial medicament. 

It is not recommended for infants, pregnant women and those who already take the medication in order to treat chronic instances of acne. It may also trigger certain stomach problems and increase the sensitivity to sunlight. Another medication that can be used for the prevention and treatment of malaria is called Lariam. It is not recommended for those who suffer from seizure disorders, cardiac conduction abnormalities or psychiatric conditions.

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