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How Do Malaria Tablets Work?

The joys of visiting a culture rich country often come with a price to pay - taking care of your health with extra precaution!

Malaria can be a life-threatening disease, which once it gets into your bloodstream can cause terrifying symptoms such as shaking, shivering and fever.

Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium which is carried by mosquitoes and passed to humans in one bite. Where does this parasite go? 

Once it enters the human bloodstream it travels to the liver before multiplying and infecting red blood cells, causing them to burst. 

How is it that these parasite carrying mosquitos don’t thrive in the UK? They only survive in tropical temperatures near the equator. 

Travelling to a hotspot where there’s a low to high risk of Malaria, requires you to be proactive beforehand and protect yourself. It’s much better to be safe than sorry. 

You can’t get protection from Malaria with a vaccine. 

It only comes in tablet or capsule form with a prescription. The tablets come in many varieties and some are more specific for the area you are travelling to, the duration of your stay and how old you are. 

Other factors that influence which type of malaria protection you go for can be based on whether you’ve had malaria before and if you’re pregnant.

MyMedsUK stock a number of antimalarials including:

Doxycycline (100mg)

Paludrine (Proguanil)


Mefloquine (Lariam)

Antimalarials do their job by killing the parasite when it gets into the red blood cell. This blocks their entry to multiply. 

Doxycycline is a tetracycline with multiple benefits compared to other antimalarials. Cost-effective and a last minute solution which can be started a couple of days before your trip. You must take the medication for it to work every day for it to be fully effective. 

It also serves as a multi-functional medication for acne sufferers.

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