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.
Glad I could clear some things up for you Natalie. If/when you do take the anti-malarials again, be sure to complete the whole treatment. That is, be sure to take the tablets prescribed once you have returned home. If, by some twist of fate, you are bitten on your way to the airport to come home - stopping the treatment too soon could put you at risk. We don't want that happening!! It's one of those treatments that requires follow-through. Just like antibiotics.
Happy travels when you decide to go again!
Here's a question for any girls who've done the RTW thing:
Can you easily fill your prescription for in other countries? For example, how easy/difficult is it to get a product like Evra or Seaonale in Asia?
Did your GP at home prescribe a year's supply?
My GP told me i was only allowed 6 months supply of the pill, they were not allowed to exceed that. She said that I could always go to a doctors in Australia to get my next 6 motnhs supply if i take the prescription.
But you see i am pretty lucky there, as i will be in South America for 5 months, and then going onto New Zealand and Australia, i will be just in time to get my next 6 months prescription.
She did not advise me about if it is possible to get in Asia though...
That's good to know. I could be in Asia for up to 8/9 months, so I suppose I really better get on to my GP and ask her about this.
When are you leaving on your trip?
I've been using implanon for three and a half years and am planning on keeping it for my twelve month RTW trip. I haven't had any problems with it so far as wierd side effects and my cycle is very light and about once every six months which is fantastic. Some other advantages are that I don't have to worry about forgetting to take it or not being able to fill a prescription plus if you get sick it doesn't effect it. I have quite a few friends who are also happy with implanon, however, have heard of people with varying side effects such as weekly cycles, mood swings, nausea etc...
You can also take an estrogen tablet daily to regulate periods if you wish.
My advice... get it now so that you've got a few months to test it and can take it out if it's not working for you and try another option!
Yea Samsara - I would check it out with your GP if I were you!
I am off in about 11 weeks - Leave on the 2nd September and heading to Rio! Cannot wait! It's been a long time coming!
Just came across this link today. Thought it might be useful for some of you...