When you travel to a foreign country, you have a choice to make. Take prevention medication or shots recommended for this country, or not taking them. You should discuss this with your doctor for the best advice. When I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in 2009, I made the choice to take Malarone, as a prevention drug against malaria. It was recommended by my doctor.
Malarone comes in tablets and is easy to take. You take one tablet every day with food. I took them at dinner time, during the main course, and I didn’t have any abdominal pain.
You start taking the antimalarial medication one day prior to your departure, you take one tablet everyday during your stay, and you continue taking one tablet for the next 7 days. So, someone who will be on vacation for 7 days in an endemic area will need 15 pills.
The active ingredients of Malarone are atovaquone 250mg and proguanil hydrochloride 100mg. I have to mention that side effects may occur while taking Malarone. Most commonly reported are headache and gastrointestinal disturbances – abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. My boyfriend and I were fine while taking this medication, we did not have any symptoms. This is the reason we will be taking this medication once again during our next trip to the Dominican Republic.
Malarone is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Ask your doctor if Malarone would be a good medication for you.