Doxycycline antimalarials
  • Often the most cost-effective anti-malaria tablet
  • Usually the side effects are uncommon and mild
  • Start treatment before your go away

Doxycycline

Doxycycline contains the active ingredient, doxycycline hyclate. Doxycycline is highly effective if taken correctly and in conjunction with other measures to avoid mosquito bites.

Doxycycline antimalarials
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  • Often the most cost-effective anti-malaria tablet
  • Usually the side effects are uncommon and mild
  • Start treatment before your go away

Generic or branded treatments?

Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way. 

Generic Branded
Same active ingredient
Works in the same way
Often less expensive

About Doxycycline

  • How do I take Doxycycline?

    Take one tablet daily with a large glass of water, at the same time each day. You should start taking the tablets two days before you go into the malaria risk area, keep taking them while you're away and then for four weeks when you get back. 

  • How does Doxycycline works?

    Doxycycline is thought to stop malaria parasite from growing and also kills it. Malaria gets into your body if you're bitten by an infected mosquito. 

  • What are the side effects of taking Doxycycline?

    Side effects include: nausea, diarrhoea, indigestion, a sore mouth, and thrush. Rarer side effects include inflammation of the liver and digestive tract. Doxycycline can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you must use adequate sun protection and avoid excessive sun exposure. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid taking this medicine as it may damage a growing foetus.

    Doxycycline can interact with certain medications, so please give us a full list of medicines you are taking when asked.

    To minimise your chance of catching malaria and protect against serious side effects, please read the patient information leaflet accompanying the medication carefully.

  • What happens if I forget to take a pill?

    Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember then carry on as before. Never take two doses at the same time and be sure to take extra anti-mosquito precautions as the treatment may be less effective. Remember to report any feverish illness promptly to a doctor.

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