The Choice: Brand-name Malarone or Generic Malaria Prophylactic
The brand name Malarone has the same active ingredient – “Atovaquone/Profuanil” – as the generic unbranded prophylactic. Generic drugs are chemically identical to, and therefore as effective as the brand name version, but they cost a lot less.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK is the governing body that takes care of the safety measures put in place to protect the public regarding prescribed drugs and medications. The focus of the MHRA on generic drugs takes into account their chemical components to ensure that they have exactly the same strength, quality, stability and purity as the name brands. To do this the MHRA carry out routine checks on all drugs for sale from their developmental stage to final, ready for patient care, end-product.
Daily Dose: Generic Malarone should be taken, with food every day at the same time. Experts recommend you take the prophylactic or curative, with a dairy product and not on an empty stomach.
When to Take it: If you are about to enter a malaria zone, take the prescribed dosage of Malarone at least 1 to 2 days before your enter the area, and keep up the dosage for at least 1 week after you leave.
How does Generic Malarone work?
Malaria spreads through female Anopheles mosquito bites. The mosquito passes parasites into human bloodstream, where they make their way to the liver, and in more severe cases, even the brain, causing Generic Malarone contains two ingredients, atovaquone, and proguanil hydrochloride, which combine to stop the parasite “Plasmodium Falciparum” from entering the human bloodstream at contact. The drug is also a cure for malaria because it is able to kill the parasites already present in the body.