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71. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Jeez Louise, we get one measly legal holiday here and things go haywire...

I'm one of those women that finds it a lot easier to talk to men than women. There are a few noted exceptions, but women seem to have this built-in "other woman" gene - like we're automatically wary of one another. It wears off once you get to know someone, although not always...

Am I out in left field on this one?

72. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Absolutely not Tway. Very much ditto on that one.

73. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

yup-i am in tow on that one!

74. Posted by NatDoog (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Hi,

I am on the pill and have been for years. We went to Africa recently and I went on the Malaria tablet Malarone. These were more expensive but with much less side effects and didn't affect the pill at all.

Although I did learn some interesting information about these malaria tablets when I was there. The Safari lodge manager we got to know said that Malaria tablets actually don't stop you getting malaria, in fact they simply put off the symptoms so you can still get it but you wouldn't know it for a couple of weeks which can actually be worse. The idea is that when you realise you have it you may be home or somewhere where you can treat it. Her suggestion was not to take them at all. Anyway, i don't want to scare you but that is what i was told - not sure how true it is??

Anyway, there are normally options of tablets that don't affect the pill (they are usually more expensive but definitelty worth it).

Good luck!

75. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I'm using Malarone too (but I'm not on the pill!)
In the UK though, its not passed medical trials for prescriptions over 30days.

Also please do NOT believe what you were told about malaria, instead visit a good website like Malaria Hotspots

Last week was malaria awareness week!

76. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

You totally sure your not on the pill martin...hmmm...come on...tell all...

I still cant believe you guys have to pay for the pill...in any case i would have thought that us mugs here in the UK would have had to! weird stuff!

77. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting NatDoog

The Safari lodge manager we got to know said that Malaria tablets actually don't stop you getting malaria, in fact they simply put off the symptoms so you can still get it but you wouldn't know it for a couple of weeks which can actually be worse. Anyway, i don't want to scare you but that is what i was told - not sure how true it is??

Hi Natalie!

Some of your comment is true, but not all...
It s true that the anti-malarial drugs do not prevent you from being infected - just as taking antibiotics do not keep you from developing an infection. When you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the parasite (yes, malaria is caused by a parasite, not a virus or bacteria), it does enter your body. (Just as bacteria enters through a cut or scrape). The anti-malarial drugs prevent the malarial "bug" from progressing through it's own stages of development, causing it to die before it has a chance to make you sick. By starting the treatments before you enter an area known for malaria, you are building up the amount of drug in your system. If you are bitten by an infected mosquito, the parasite will not have a chance to progress because the drug is preventing it. This is why it is recommended to start the drug regimen before you leave, continue it while traveling and for a couple of weeks following your return home.

Travelers who choose to wait until they arrive at their destination to buy the drugs as OTCs and/or at a cheaper cost, are also more vulnerable. That does NOT mean they will ever encounter an infected mosquito. But, if they do - the parasite has a greater chance of progressing to stage 2 of it's life cycle before the anti-malarial is fully effective. This can be problematic since some of the anti-malarial drugs require an increased dosage and/or the addition of other medications to fight the infection - something one can not decide for themselves since randomly increasing a dosage could have major side effects.

Malarone is a more expensive medication and it is taken more frequently than the others. But, it is also the most effective of the group. It is a combination drug (contains 2 drugs in one tablet) and is more effective against parasites that have progressed in the life cycle. It's like a one-two punch as far as protection goes. It also does not interfere with as many other medications, such as OCs, as do the older standard prophylactics.

78. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting lil j

You totally sure your not on the pill martin...hmmm...come on...tell all...

I still cant believe you guys have to pay for the pill...in any case i would have thought that us mugs here in the UK would have had to! weird stuff!

The world works in mysterious ways Jas!!!

79. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting MartinH

"...I'm using Malarone too (but I'm not on the pill!)
In the UK though, its not passed medical trials for prescriptions over 30days..."

Ever considered getting snipped?

80. Posted by NatDoog (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Quoting NatDoog

The Safari lodge manager we got to know said that Malaria tablets actually don't stop you getting malaria, in fact they simply put off the symptoms so you can still get it but you wouldn't know it for a couple of weeks which can actually be worse. Anyway, i don't want to scare you but that is what i was told - not sure how true it is??

Hi Natalie!

Some of your comment is true, but not all...
It s true that the anti-malarial drugs do not prevent you from being infected - just as taking antibiotics do not keep you from developing an infection. When you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the parasite (yes, malaria is caused by a parasite, not a virus or bacteria), it does enter your body. (Just as bacteria enters through a cut or scrape). The anti-malarial drugs prevent the malarial "bug" from progressing through it's own stages of development, causing it to die before it has a chance to make you sick. By starting the treatments before you enter an area known for malaria, you are building up the amount of drug in your system. If you are bitten by an infected mosquito, the parasite will not have a chance to progress because the drug is preventing it. This is why it is recommended to start the drug regimen before you leave, continue it while traveling and for a couple of weeks following your return home.

Thank you Isadora, it is good to have this cleared up as i am sure i will need to take Malaria tablets again at some point and now at least i know the truth.

thanks!:)