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Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone®) is approved to treat uncomplicated cases of malaria. The drug is also used to prevent the blood infection.
When treating malaria, the medication is usually taken for three days in a row. To prevent malaria, it should be started one or two days before traveling to an area where there is a risk of infection. Once you arrive in the malaria area, you should continue taking atovaquone/proguanil, and you should keep taking the drug until seven days after you have returned from your trip.
Most people are able to take atovaquone/proguanil without any problems, but it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking it, make sure you understand the drug's safety information and know what to do if side effects occur. Some of the most common reactions include:
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting.
(Click Atovaquone/Proguanil for more information on this drug. This article describes its benefits in more detail and offers a complete overview of how it works, what to discuss with your healthcare provider, and how to avoid complications.)
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