Proguanil is used together with other medicines for the treatment and prevention of malaria.
Take Proguanil exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take this medicine together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
If you are taking this medicine for the prevention of malaria, take it 1 week or at least 2 days before travel. Continue taking this medicine on a daily basis throughout the whole period of travel and for at least 4 weeks after leaving the area. If your trip is longer than 28 days, discuss with your doctor how you should take this medicine.
If you have difficulties swallowing tablets, you may crush the tablet and mix it with milk, honey or jam. Stir and drink immediately.
Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of this medicine. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have severe kidney disease as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
In addition to taking Proguanil, you must also take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites. Use an effective insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce exposure and avoid going out between dusk to dawn. An effective insect repellent should contain at least 20-33% diethyltoluamide (DEET).
The symptoms of malaria are fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and a flu-like illness. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms during your travel or anytime within 1 year after leaving the area, especially within 3 months after your exposure.
Proguanil may cause any of the following side effects: stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation and mouth sores.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for blood thinning e.g. warfarin
- medicines for depression e.g. fluvoxamine
Proguanil should not be taken with antacids as antacids could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacids, take it at least 2-3 hours after you have taken this medicine.
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Proguanil.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.