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Sending home antimalarials

Posted by ajr81 on 18/11/2011 at 10:15

I'm flying to Thailand in December and will be starting my antimalarials whilst i'm in low/no risk areas in preparation for travel to high risk areas.

My girlfriend will be joining me a month later and we'll be headed close to high risk areas but won't actually be IN them for another 2-4 weeks.

Would it be possible for me to send a course of antimalarials home (UK) to her to take before she comes out? They're not prescription drugs so I can't see it being illegal.

Has anyone had experience of this and can validate or rule out my plan?

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Posted by ajr81 on 18/11/2011 at 10:52

1) Yes. It would be pointless to buy drugs in UK, take them to Thailand and then send them home again!

2) Yes

3) A doctor

4) Yes

I realise that the drugs arent 100% and there are resistant strains, dengue fever etc.

Can anyone answer my question concerning the legallity of sending these drugs to the UK?

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Posted by altmtl on 18/11/2011 at 11:08

1) Are you buying your antimalarials in Thailand?
2) Have you consulted a Dr. to see which is the best type for you and your gf?
3) Who told you that you had to take antimalarial meds?
4) Have you got the required vaccinations?

Just wondering?

You know that taking antimalarials does not mean you still can't catch Malaria, nor does it protect you from Dengue fever which is also transmitted by mosquito bites.

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Posted by altmtl on 18/11/2011 at 11:11

See:http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/travelhealth/7233_odds-on-getting-malaria-without-taking-tablets

There's always the chance they don't arrive in time, or are held at customs regardless of if it's legal or not.

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Posted by altmtl on 18/11/2011 at 12:01

Have you thought of contacting Thai Post and UK post and asking them? Most people here are not customs or medical experts :P

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Posted by ajr81 on 18/11/2011 at 14:31

Was there a reason for you commenting on this thread? :/

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Posted by altmtl on 18/11/2011 at 16:15

Well, that depends, has anyone else answered? Sometimes it helps to offer options, even if you don't agree with them. Some people may not have consulted a doctor and just decide to randomly self medicate. Besides a lot of people choose not to take Malaria meds when going to Thailand due to side effects and so on...

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Posted by tyler on 18/11/2011 at 17:55

I take antimalarials every time I am in South East Asia. I once met a dude in a low risk area in central America with malaria - it is not pretty.
Of course antimalarials are legal and I can't see you having a problem shipping them...but in regards to customs - they might not make it through - but you'll be shipping home a container of drugs! Your package will be scanned and opened and scrutinized and therefore might be late if it arrives at all.
The cost of shipping them will most likely cost more than if your girlfriend got herself a prescription at home. I don't know the cost of antimalarials in the UK but here in canada they are cheap (with a decent medical benefits plan).

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Posted by ajr81 on 18/11/2011 at 20:39

Yeah I kinda assumed they'd be fairly well examined in the postal systems and they'd take a while to arrive, if at all. My concerns were mainly the legality.

Im not sure of the cost of the meds in the UK either, but I hear they're expensive and a lot cheaper in Thailand.

I think I'll probably just risk it cos that's the kind of caring boyfriend I am :)

Thanks guys.

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