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Malaria medicine advice

Posted by gordzilla on 4/10/2010 at 20:56

Hey, my girlfriend and I are going to be traveling in India and SE Asia starting in late October and we were wondering what other members might have to say about malaria meds. I've got a 4 month prescription to Malarone and my girlfriend has doxycycline. We've been talking to other travelers and it seems that most people say not to take them, what to do? While we will be spending some time in high risk areas like southern india it seems from what i've read that most of the areas that we will be traveling in shouldn't be that bad. Please share your expiriences with us so that we can make a more informed decision!

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Posted by christay2009 on 4/10/2010 at 23:29

There are loads of threads on this so have a look around.

I would tend to agree that the best defense is prevention through not getting bitten in the first place. However, if you have Malarone for 4 months why wouldn't you take it? There are no side effects that i'm aware of. Personally, if i could afford anti malarials (which i could, at the time) i would take them. Even if the risk is small, i would still like to have that added piece of mind. I took malarone and had no issues but met a lot of people who had trouble with doxy and stopped taking it. A friend I travelled with for a while had pretty bad nightmares on doxy. If you happen to be in Malaysia you can buy Malarone at a fraction of the cost than it sells here in the UK. I just asked a couple of pharmacies in KL until i found one that sold it.

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Posted by gordzilla on 5/10/2010 at 00:31

Thanks, I will check out the other threads on this issue.

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Posted by bumwannabe on 6/10/2010 at 00:12

@godzilla: When it comes to vaccinations and prophylactic medicines, it's always better safe than dead. If you have no known allergies or contraindications to the particular medicines, then it would be far safer to take them than risk contracting a potentially fatal disease. Do check the medicines, though, for possible interactions with the ones you might be taking at present and it would be wise to take at least your first dose of unfamiliar meds where there is a nearby medical facility just in case you develop an adverse reaction to it.
Have a safe trip!

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