Can you still get infected with Malaria even when taking a preventative such as doxycycline or Malarone?
Yes, no prophylactic medication is 100% effective though both Malarone and doxycycline are usually over 90% effective, when taken properly. It is important to make sure each tablet is taken approximately at the same time each day, and in the case of Malarone, it is important to take it with some fatty food as this assists in absorption. Conversely, doxycycline should not be taken within 6 hours of consuming dairy products, as the calcium present in milk can prevent uptake of doxycycline. For these reasons, it is important to also use other methods of preventing malaria, such as sleeping under a long-lasting insecticide treated bednet.