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Malaria tablets in KL?

Posted by daviddwilly on 6/4/2011 at 08:17

Hi Guys and girls,

my girlfriend and I start our 8 month Asia trip on the 14th of May flying into KL (we are currently travelling in NZ). We are just wondering if Malaria tablets are available in KL and if so what types are available and how much? We where thinking of getting them here in NZ but for Malarone (pardon my spelling) we are looking at NZ$20 per tablet! any advice would be great,

Thanks in advance :)

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Posted by Sampan on 6/4/2011 at 11:45

Hi there,

Yes, there is different kinds of malaria tablets, including Malarone, available in KL.
I bought a pack of Malarone at a pharmacy in Chinatown (can't remember where exactly but near the starbucks/bus station area..) and paid 250 RM if memory serves.. A lot less than in any western country anyway..

However, and you're probably aware of this already, distribution of fake or outdated pharmaceuticals is common in these parts so have a close look before you buy.

Hope it helps.:)

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Posted by SBE on 6/4/2011 at 17:10

How do you tell fake Malarone from real Malarone?

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Posted by daviddwilly on 7/4/2011 at 03:41

thanks for the info Sampan,

good question SBE - how do we tell which ones are fake? or is the biggest concern out of date medication?

Also when you say MYR250 for a pack, how many tablets are we looking at roughly? 10? 20? 24?

thanks again :)

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Posted by Sampan on 7/4/2011 at 06:33

I wouldn't be able to say for sure say for how to tell fake from the real thing, and i wouldn't even want to try since someone is going to rely on this medication for a potentially lethal dices. This is some information the helped me making my decision. Malarone is, according to information from the internet, under patent until 2014 (hence the price i suppose..) and manufactured only by one company; GlaxoSmithKline. So if a packet says something different, i would assume they're fake. The pack i bought had a proper seal and a holographic sticker on it and looked genuine enough to me to get them.

They are sold in 12-packs, which is one dose if you take them after you got malaria, 4 tab a day for three days, or was it the other way around? Maybe there's bigger packs available, i don't know...

I still don't know if mine are real, so far i've been lucky enough not to have to find out.

Another thing with Malarone that might be good to know is that they are supposed to be stored in temperatures up to max. 25°C....

Hope it helps..

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Posted by daviddwilly on 7/4/2011 at 08:11

Thanks Sampan - that is really helpful, I will keep scouting around and see what the best option is before I leave :)

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Posted by SBE on 7/4/2011 at 10:34

Sounds like your Malarone cost the same as it does in Europe Sampan ...which probably means it WAS genuine! Holograms can be faked too BTW... google "fake artesunate holograms" and you'll see.

Malarone is only sold in packets of 12 pills (equivalent to one curative dose) AFAIK. Taking Malarone as prophylaxis is prohibitively expensive and there are side effects too.

If you do catch malaria it's far safer to go to a hospital or clinic to get a blood test and proper medical advice rather than relying on self medication. Without a blood test you can't be sure your fever is actually due to malaria or find out what type of malaria it is. Malarone only treats falciparum (which is the most dangerous type).

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