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Paludrine for Malaria?

  • diliev

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    25th June, 2012
    Posts: 6

    Hi Folks,

    I am going to Thailand, Cambodia(Angkor Wat and Phom Penn) and Vietnam (Saigon, Mekong river)

    I decided to take Paludrine (I think another name is Proguanil) for Malaria precautions. Does anyone have any feedback about it?

    Is there any restrictions in terms of how many tablets I can carry with me?


    #1 Posted: 25/6/2012 - 10:01

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  • sirhalberd

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    30th December, 2007
    Posts: 295

    Have you purchased this stuff already? I had to look this up. From what I read this stuff has been around since 1944. Just a guess, I don't think you have a problem providing you have this in the original containers with the doctors name and pharmacy clearly printed on the container. You just don't want to travel around Asia with a baggie full of miscellaneous unidentified pills! You wouldn't need hundreds of extra pills past the duration of your holiday too.

    If you have NOT purchased this item yet check with your doctor to see if you can use doxycycline. Doxy can be purchased over the counter without any prescription at Thai pharmacies. Price for doxy in Thailand runs from around 4 baht per capsule to 10 baht per capsule. Price depends on where it is made.

    If you purchase any meds from a Thai pharmacy check the expiration date of the pills. There is always a data sheet printed in several languages you can check. I prefer to buy meds from some of the bigger pharmacies like Boots, Watsons and maybe probably from a supermarket pharmacy.

    #2 Posted: 27/6/2012 - 20:37

  • ElDavido90

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    1st July, 2012
    Location United Kingdom
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    I took chloroquine and proguanil when in Peru, my lasting memory is 1 pill ever day + 1 extra pill every 5 (or 7, I cant quite remember) is a pain in the backside! Lot's of other people I was with had weekly pills. To say I was jealous is an understatement. If you are the type of person who get's into routines easily then I guess my problem doesn't really matter.

    #3 Posted: 1/7/2012 - 10:27

  • altmtl

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    I don't take anti-malarials anymore when I visit SEA, waste of $$$ and not 100% effective

    #4 Posted: 3/7/2012 - 02:23

  • longbeach

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    28th March, 2012
    Posts: 307

    Waste of money and they can make you sick. Malaria isnt that common in SEA these days, unless you spent large amounts of time in the jungle dont need pills.

    #5 Posted: 9/7/2012 - 10:14

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