Which medicines are used to prevent malaria?
There are a number of drugs used to prevent malaria infection, known as malaria prophylactic medication. These vary in terms of how they are taken, how long they are taken for, how much they cost and the typical side effects people experience while they are taking them. In addition, some are recommended more highly for certain types of malaria or certain regions of the world, due primarily to the emergence of resistance in certain areas.
The most common forms of malaria prophylaxis used are doxycycline, atovaquone/proguanil (sold under the brand name Malarone), chloroquine (sold as Aralen) and mefloquine (sold as Lariam). More information on these, on other types of prophylaxis and malaria prevention in general can be found on our Malaria Prevention page.