How to buy Malaria pills in South Africa – Get Tested South Africa

How to buy Malaria pills in South Africa

Thanks to telehealth services in South Africa, you can now have your malaria medication prescribed online and even delivered to your home.

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Malaria poses a serious threat regardless of where you are traveling—you could be on an African safari, exploring Indonesian islands, or touring India's rural splendors.

How to order a prescription for malaria pills online

Select an option & pay for your order

Choose between medication delivery or a digital prescription usable at any registered pharmacy in South Africa to purchase your medication

Complete a quick health assessment

Following your purchase, you will be emailed a request to complete a medical survey online. Information about your symptoms and health will be collected for our medical team to review

Receive your medication

Based on your choice, get a PDF prescription via email or have your medication delivered (takes 3-5 days)

What is Malaria?

Mosquitoes carry tiny parasites that cause malaria, a deadly disease. These parasites enter a person's bloodstream through an infected mosquito bite. People may become extremely ill from this, experiencing symptoms like chills, a high fever, and extreme weakness. It can even be fatal in certain circumstances.

Malaria is most prevalent in warm climates where mosquitoes proliferate; however, if you're traveling to an area where malaria is common, there are precautions you can take to protect yourself, such as using mosquito nets and taking specific medications.

For which countries should I take malaria pills?

Malaria medication may be required in many countries during your travels. There are situations when taking the pills may only be necessary if you visit a particular region of a nation.

In certain parts of the world, it is quite common mainly in tropical regions, including:

  • Large areas of Africa and Asia
  • Central and South America
  • Dominican Republic and Haiti
  • Parts of the Middle East
  • Some Pacific islands

For a full list of countries and areas where you may need to take malaria medication, you can access it through the link.

How do I avoid malaria while traveling?

Malaria pills may be prescribed to reduce your risk of contracting the disease, as well as instructions on how to avoid mosquito bites.

  • Take the prescribed antimalarial medicine, starting a few days or weeks before your trip and continuing for a few weeks after your return
  • Use insect repellent on your skin, ensuring it contains 50% DEET
  • Sleep under mosquito nets treated with insecticide
  • Wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers in the evening to cover your arms and legs when mosquitoes are most active

Getting a Prescription for Malaria Pills Using Get Tested

Finding a doctor to prescribe you medications should not be time-consuming. Our service can save you a trip to the doctor's office, allowing you to receive the medication you require for malaria.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy malaria pills in South Africa?

Yes, malaria pills are available for purchase in South Africa. They are sold at pharmacies over the counter. However, you will need to speak with a doctor in person or online if you need prescription medication for malaria. 

What are the best anti-malaria pills in South Africa?

The best anti-malaria pills in South Africa will depend on a number of variables, such as your travel destination, medical history, and personal preferences. Doxycycline, Artemether-lumefantrine (brand name Coartem), and atovaquone-proguanil (name Malarone) are common choices.

Is Malarone available in South Africa?

Malarone, a popular brand-name medication used to treat malaria, may not be available in South Africa. However, the same medication is prescribed under a different name and contains the exact same ingredients as Malarone, Atovaquone-proguanil.