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Malarone in Bangkok?

Posted by chicho83 on 20/1/2009 at 04:18

Can anyone tell me if malarone is available to buy in the pharmacies in Bangkok or another similar Atovaquone/proguanil. i have to buy 3 months worth for me and my missus. To buy it in the uk just isnt worth thinking about.. if its available does anyone know the costs and any place near khoa san to get it from?

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Posted by travelrock on 20/1/2009 at 06:31

3 months what the hell for?

people live for years in thailand without it.

there are few places that it is recommended for and unless you are hiking thru the jungle for weeks really aint necessary.

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Posted by Rufus on 20/1/2009 at 12:38

Agree with the above. The side effects are not pleasant. No expat I know takes malaria prophylactics.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/1/2009 at 13:53 admin

Here's a story regarding malaria in the region:
https://www.travelfish.org/feature/95

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Posted by berryg77 on 20/1/2009 at 16:26

Posted from within Vietnam.

We couldn't find Malarone in Bangkok, but Doxy is cheap (as low as 4 bhat(12.5p)/tab unbranded or approx 25p/tab from Boots bangkok) to buy if you want to take something. It might be better to invest in repellent and wear long sleeves and loose long trousers in the evening. I took it for 3 months in Cambodia Laos and Vietnam without major side affects,(skin is more sensitive to sun) but i only took it because i had already bought it.
Agree with other posters and wouldn't take it unless your doing a lot of jungle trekking, but you could be unlucky.

Enjoy the travels

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Posted by berryg77 on 20/1/2009 at 16:26

Posted from within Vietnam.

We couldn't find Malarone in Bangkok, but Doxy is cheap (as low as 4 bhat(12.5p)/tab unbranded or approx 25p/tab from Boots bangkok) to buy if you want to take something. It might be better to invest in repellent and wear long sleeves and loose long trousers in the evening. I took it for 3 months in Cambodia Laos and Vietnam without major side affects,(skin is more sensitive to sun) but i only took it because i had already bought it.
Agree with other posters and wouldn't take it unless your doing a lot of jungle trekking, but you could be unlucky.

Enjoy the travels

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Posted by chicho83 on 20/1/2009 at 19:45

The pills werent for use in thailand, thats just where our plane lands. we will be travelling through Laos, cambodia & Vietnam. i think we are gonna go for repellant and mozzie nets. Can i get a net from near khoa san or should i get it here?


and thanks for the advice

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Posted by Rufus on 21/1/2009 at 12:19

My comments apply to laos, Cambo and vietnam as well. You won't need it unless you go trekking in the jungle.

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Posted by bigbrownbuku on 21/1/2009 at 12:38

i noticed at least 2 pharmacies on khao sarn rd that carried malaria pills. the one right in front of the palace was 1.

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Posted by travelrock on 21/1/2009 at 22:16

dengue is more of a concern as there is no treatment unlike malaria. cover up and avoid dusk/dawn walks in bad areas.

ive also heard vitamin b makes your skin less attractive to them but not sure if thats true

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