Antimalarial medication is very important and is recommended to people traveling to areas that are infested with mosquitoes. Some parts of the world such as the tropical South America and Africa and South Asia are mosquito-borne. So taking the antimalarial medicines will help prevent you from getting malaria, a life-threatening disease. Malarone and generic Malarone are both antimalarial medicines. However, generic Malarone which consists of Atovaquone/ proguanil is the most used antimalarial medication. Generic Malarone tablet contains 250mg of Atovaquone and 100 mg of proguanil.

Differences between Malarone and generic Malarone

Malarone is a brand name, while the generic Malarone commonly referred to as Atovaquone and Proguanil is the name given to the combination of medicines that are used in the production of the two versions of antimalarial tablets. Currently, pharmaceutical manufacturers have been producing antimalarial generic Malarone Tablets. The production of antimalarial drugs as generic Malarone by other pharmaceuticals began as a result of the expiration of the patent of the Malarone brand.

The generic Malarone has been produced by pharmaceutical manufacturers in the UK and is among the leading pharmaceutical exports Middle-east is one of the areas that are mosquito-borne and at a higher risk of malaria.

Dose and Affordability

The dose recommended for both Malarone and generic Malarone in the prevention of malaria is one tablet on a daily basis. They are both combined pills. The dose prescribed for adults is 250mg of Atovaquone and 100mg of proguanil, while children should take a dose of 62,5mg of Atovaquone and 25 proguanil. Both versions may have the same dose but generic Malarone is more cost-effective than Malarone.

Side effects of Malarone

Some common side effects of Malarone include

  1. Dizziness
  2. Insomnia
  3. Loss of appetite, rashes
  4. Fever
  5. Diarrhoea
  6. Nausea
  7. Headache

If the side effects persist, you are advised to visit your doctor as soon as possible.