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Is Maloff Protect available from Pharmacies?
Buy anti-malarials over the counter
If you are visiting a country with a high risk of malaria within the next few months, you may be beginning to research antimalarials. Though there are many countries around the world affected by malaria, specific areas in which the disease is prevalent tend to change fairly frequently. This means that you should get medical advice from a doctor or travel nurse before you try to obtain malaria tablets.
For travellers who require a malaria tablet containing atovaquone and proguanil, one good option is Maloff Protect. Atovaquone and proguanil are two medications which, in combination, offer a high level of protection against the most common and dangerous types of malaria.
Maloff Protect is a generic version of Malarone, and as such contains the same active ingredients (atovaquone and progunail) in the same doses. The key difference is that Maloff Protect is available to buy over the counter in high street pharmacies, while Malarone must be obtained with a prescription.
As a result, many travellers may find that Maloff Protect is the more convenient option.
Obtaining Maloff Protect from a pharmacy
Usually when you need antimalarials you have to visit a doctor for a prescription. Antimalarials are not typically available for free on the NHS, which means you have to take your prescription to the pharmacy and pay for your malaria tablets.
With Maloff Protect, a prescription is not required. This means that you can simply walk into a pharmacy that stocks Maloff Protect (such as LloydsPharmacy) and request the tablets. As outlined here, there are a few guidelines related to the sale of Maloff Protect over the counter.
To obtain Maloff without a prescription in a pharmacy you must:
- Be over the age of 18
- Weigh more than 40kg
- Be travelling to areas where an antimalarial such as Maloff Protect is needed
When you visit a pharmacy to request Maloff Protect, you will have to describe your trip to the pharmacist, detailing the destination or destinations you plan to visit. You will also have to be specific about how many days you will be spending in a malaria zone.
Who can buy Maloff Protect over the counter?
Maloff Protect is safe for most people to take, however there are some restrictions on who can obtain it without a prescription.
Maloff Protect is not safe to take if you have kidney or liver disease or are allergic to any of its ingredients. Maloff Protect is also unsafe if you are taking certain medications such as warfarin, etoposide, and metoclopramide.
It is usually advised that you avoid Maloff Protect if you:
- Are pregnant, possibly pregnant, or breastfeeding
- Have ever suffered from epilepsy or fits
- Have depression
- Have tuberculosis
If you fall into any of the four categories above, you should not try to obtain Maloff Protect over the counter before consulting a doctor. It may still be possible to obtain a prescription for Maloff Protect, but it’s more likely that you will be directed towards other malaria tablets or preventative techniques.
For a comprehensive list of circumstances under which Maloff Protect cannot be obtained over the counter, click here.
Taking Maloff Protect safely
Like most medications, Maloff Protect is associated with some side effects, however most people are not affected. If you take Maloff Protect correctly you should be well protected against malaria while you are in high-risk zones.
To ensure that you take Maloff Protect correctly, it’s strongly advised that you book a consultation with a doctor or nurse before you leave the country. Though you do not need a prescription for Maloff Protect, having this consultation will mean that you can talk to a medical professional about your specific needs.
Your doctor or nurse will be able to give you clear guidance on how to protect yourself from mosquito bites, how to take your antimalarials, and where antimalarials are needed. They will also be able to advise you on whether you require any vaccinations.
The most important thing to ask a medical professional about before entering a malaria zone is bite avoidance. This should be the top priority for travellers, as antimalarials cannot offer full protection on their own. Many other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever can also be prevalent in areas where malaria is found, which means avoiding mosquito bites is incredibly important.
Your travel health advisor will likely advise that you use mosquito repellent, cover your legs and arms with clothing as much as possible, and book accommodation where preventative measures have been taken. Ideally, your accommodation will have air-conditioning and insect screens on the doors and windows. In more basic accommodation you may have to use plug-in insecticides and sleep under a mosquito net which has been impregnated with insecticide.
Alternatives to Maloff Protect
Maloff Protect is not the only type of malaria tablet, but it is the only type currently available over the counter. You can obtain Malarone and other antimalarials containing atovaquone and proguanil through services such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor and MASTA. Other effective antimalarials include Doxycycline and Mefloquine (Lariam).
Click here to visit the LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor Malaria Clinic and learn more.