Maloff Protect are effective anti-malaria tablets which are available without a prescription.
These tablets are effective at protecting you against malaria parasites. If taken before you are bitten, it can prevent you from becoming infected with the virus.
Malaria is a tropical disease which is spread by infected mosquitos. Anyone can get malaria. Symptoms of the disease are similar to a heavy flu, such as fever, headache, vomiting and tiredness. If left untreated, malaria can be deadly. If you notice any symptoms, always seek medical advice.
When traveling to a tropical country, always check in advance whether it is a malaria hotspot and take the necessary precautions.
Start the course of Maloff Protect 1 or 2 days before you travel, so that the drugs are in your system, ready to fight off any malaria parasites.
Keep taking the pills at the same time every day to ensure the protection is effective, until the course is finished (7 days after you return to a malaria-free area). Take Maloff Protect with food or a milky drink, where possible.
If you vomit within one hour of taking your Maloff Protect tablet, take another dose straight away. If you don't start vomiting until more than one hour after taking Maloff Protect, do not take another Maloff Protect tablet until your next dose is due, as it is likely that Maloff Protect will already be in your system.
Always check the enclosed information leaflet.
If any of the below affect you, or you're unsure about anything, consult your pharmacy:
- You are under 18 years of age (if you are under 18, you are not allowed to buy Maloff Protect from the pharmacy, but you can get a prescription for malaria protection from your doctor)
- You weigh less than 40 kg/6 st 4 lbs
- You are breastfeeding
- You are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to become pregnant
- You suffer from depression
- You have been diagnosed with kidney disease
- You have been diagnosed with liver disease
- You have been diagnosed with tuberculosis
- You have ever had epilepsy, convulsions or fits
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Maloff Protect or have previously had any side effects with this medication (check the patient information leaflet for a full list, or ask your pharmacist)
If you are currently taking any of the following medicines:
- Metoclopramide (for nausea and vomiting)
- The antibiotics tetracycline, rifampicin or rifabutin
- Indinavir (for HIV)
- Warfarin, any other coumarin-based anticoagulant, or new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) such as dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, and apixaban
- Indinavir, efavirenz, zidovudine or a boosted protease inhibitor (for HIV)
- Etoposide (for cancer)
Like all medicines, Maloff Protect can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Maloff Protect and contact a doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms. Severe allergic reactions/signs include:
- rash and itching
- sudden wheezing, tightness of the chest or throat, or difficulty breathing
- swollen eyelids, face, lips, tongue or other part of the body
Severe skin reactions:
- skin rash, which may blister and looks like small targets (central dark spots, surrounded by paler area with a dark ring around the edge) (erythema multiforme)
- severe widespread rash with blisters and peeling skin, particularly occurring around the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
Most of the following side effects reported have been mild and have not lasted very long.
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
- feeling sick and being sick (nausea and vomiting)
- stomach pain
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
- sleeping problems (insomnia)
- strange dreams
- loss of appetite
- allergic reactions
- itching (pruritus)