Restriction on length of Malarone use lifted

Prescribing information for Malarone and Malarone Paediatric (atovaquone/proguanil) has been updated to remove the maximum recommended duration of use.

Malarone should be initiated 24–48 hours before entering a malaria endemic area | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Malarone should be initiated 24–48 hours before entering a malaria endemic area | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Use of the antimalarials for the prophylaxis of P. falciparum disease is no longer limited to a maximum of 28 days in an endemic area. The duration of use should now be determined by the prescriber.

Guidance issued by the HPA in 2007 suggests that Malarone can be used for up to one year or longer.

View Malarone and Malarone Paediatric drug records

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