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Malarone (Atovaquone / Proguanil) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Malarone (Atovaquone / Proguanil) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 4 ratings/reviews, Malarone has an overall score of 4.75. The effectiveness score is 7.50 and the side effect score is 5. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Malarone review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Malaria prevention
Dosage & duration:   1 pill a day taken once a day for the period of 5-6 days
Other conditions:   none, preventative only
Other drugs taken:   Modicon (birth control pill)
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The benefits if I had continued to take the Malarone for the entire two weeks would have been to not contract Malaria. But the side effects were severe enough that I discontinued treatment and followed other preventative measures.
Side effects:   I had an overall sense of unwellness. Nausea was constant even when the drug was taken separate from other drugs and with food/on a full stomach etc. I felt almost flu like; ie the beginning of flu onset when you are not yet fully sick.
Comments:   When I discontinued use (while still in a Malaria risk area) I relied soley on preventative measures. I was in a night biting mosquito area (Thailand, Laos and Cambodia) so slept under a mosquito net. Used mosquito spray in the room and used a special spray for one set of clothing for higher risk environments (ie jungle). Also spoke with an Asian doctor at length about the Western philosphy vs Eastern for treatment. His take was that Eastern doctors choose to treat malaria when it is contracted but Western take higher and higher levels of drugs to prevent contraction. This may lead to drug resistant strains...

 

Malarone review by 27 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   malaria prevention
Dosage & duration:   1 pill per day taken once a day for the period of ten days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   no
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Malaria prevention. Also patient did not intcounter any mosquito bites.
Side effects:   The patient felt mild headeaches, in addition there were mild symptoms of nausea
Comments:   The pills were taken three days before the flight to South Africa, specifically one pill a day for ten days or duration of trip. Upon arrival home to the United States the pills were taken for a few more days.

 

Malarone review by 35 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Anti Malarial
Dosage & duration:   1 pill per day (Atovaquone 250mgm/Progua taken every day for the period of 3 weeks
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I didn't get malaria
Side effects:   Prescribed to my Husband and I on our Honeymoon in Vietnam and Cambodia. On day 4 we both experienced waves of strong abdominal pain every hour or so accompanied by a need to go to the toilet with diarrhoea (but it was non-urgent need to go to the loo - like a normal upset tummy can be).
Comments:   Initially believing that it was a normal holiday tummy upset we starved ourselves for nearly 4 days (we were also not hungry) but the waves of pain did not significantly subside - triggered by drinking water. We then arrived at a Hotel in Vietnam that had Internet access and looked at some lonelyplanet blogs - the advice on Malarone was to make sure to follow the medication instruction leaflet to the letter i.e. to take it with a "milky" drink. We then began to take it at breakfast with as many dairy products as we could - yoghurt, cheese, milk on cereal etc, and the symptoms subsided. The pain ceased after a couple of days but we continued to have violent, liquid bowel movements for another week... It would help if the leaflet explained why dairy is recommended - is it the fat that is required or the alkaline environment?

 

Malarone review by 64 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   preventing malaria
Dosage & duration:   100 mg. taken 1 a day for the period of 9 days
Other conditions:   not applicable
Other drugs taken:   Aenonol, thryozine
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None
Side effects:   First few days (i.e. 2 days before leaving for South Africa) and 7 days whilst on a 18 days holiday. Severe vomiting and diarrohea. Bad nightmares. Decided this was going to spoil my holiday, as I could not eat having extreme nausea.
Comments:   Stopped taking Malarone whilst still on holiday.
 


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