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What types of malaria pills are available?

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The most common antimalarial medications are chloroquine, quinine sulfate, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine and a combination of atovaquone and proguanil, according to Mayo Clinic. The type of prophylactic antimalarial medication recommended by health care providers depends on the country that individuals are traveling to, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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No antimalarial drug is 100 percent effective against the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, so medication must be used in combination with personal protective measures. Personal protection recommendations include wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, and using insect repellent, mosquito nets and blankets treated with insecticide, according to the CDC.

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