Good day, I’m a 27yr old male currently in Nigeria. I would like to know my do’s and don’ts while on malaria medication. I ask this so I know what to forego in my athletic lifestyle- I visit the gym 3-4 times a week and have recently started horse riding.
There isn’t any restriction on the kinds of activities you can enjoy while on malaria medication! You should be able to continue with your normal healthy lifestyle. However, be aware that the foods you eat may have some impact on your body’s ability to uptake the anti-malarials. For example, it is recommended to take Malarone (atovaquone-proguanil) together with some food containing fat, as this aids absorption and reduces side effects. Conversely, if you are taking doxycycline, you should NOT take it within a few hours (and certainly not at the same time) as dairy products, as the calcium in milk can inhibit uptake of the drug.