Malaria Region C
Region C - available to buy without prescription:-
There are 2 choices:
Adults: Avloclor (Chloroquine 250mg) 2 tablets weekly (preferred choice). Start one week before travel, throughout stay in endemic area and for four weeks after return.
Paludrine. Adults: (Proguanil 100mg) two tablets daily. Start one week before travel, throughout stay in endemic area and four weeks after return. Brand name Paludrine tablets. (Do not use this brand unless there is a medical reason why you cannot use Avloclor above)
(Not to be confused with Paludrine/Avloclor Travel Pack which contains both medications which are used in combination in other malaria regions.)
Seek advice from your doctor before purchasing if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, take any other medication, have any medical conditions, or if there are any children travelling.
It is highly recommended that you use a DEET containing mosquito repellent in addition to your anti-malaria medication.
- Always use the correct medication for the areas you are travelling to.
- If you are travelling between areas that require different medications then discuss the itinerary with your doctor.
- Always discuss child medication with your doctor.
- Always complete the course of medication unless advised by a doctor.
- ALWAYS TAKE EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED. STOPPING MEDICATION OR CHANGING THE DOSAGE IS NOT ADVISABLE.
- Seek medical advice if you experience side effects to any antimalarial medication.
Things you might need for your trip:
Oral rehydration, antidiarrhoea capsules, sun cream, aftersun, travel sickness, anti deep vein thrombosis measures ( low dose aspirin, travel socks), Insect bite treatments, travel first aid kit, your regular medication, sun hats.
If you still are not sure which medication you need for your trip then please use our malaria enquiry form and we will advise you which is the current recommendation.
A 2 week stay in a Region C malaria country would require 14 Avloclor tablets. 2 tablets weekly (on the same day each week) starting 1 week before departure, while in the malaria zone and continuing for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria zone.
Chloroquine may be taken for periods exceeding five years.
Chloroquine is contra-indicated in patients with epilepsy
Chloroquine can cause flare-ups of psoriasis so is not recommended.
HEPATIC OR RENAL IMPAIRMENT
All patients with hepatic or renal impairment should be referred to their specialist, as we will not know the degree of your condition.
Travel to malarious zones during pregnancy should be avoided. However, if travel is unavoidable, effective prophylaxis should be used as malaria is more severe during pregnancy and the risk of malaria to mother and foetus is greater than the risk from any antimalarial drugs at the recommended doses. All pregnant travellers should see their doctor.
Chloroquine may be taken in usual doses throughout pregnancy.
BREASTFEEDING AND BREASTFED INFANTS
Prophylaxis is still required in breast-fed infants; although anti-malarials are excreted in breast milk, the amounts are too variable to give reliable protection. Chloroquine is suitable for use in breast-feeding
This page was last updated: Monday 25 September, 2017