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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

im going to south-east asia for six months and then india for six months. im a bit unsure about what to do as regards anti-malarials. the nurse said to get about six weeks worth in england, and then buy them as i travel. has anyone done this? she said to get doxycycline or something like that? can i buy these in thailand, cambodia, india etc? im just worried about suddenly running out and not being able to buy any more while im travelling.

if anyone can help that would be great!

cheers, joey

2. Posted by Tamo (Full Member 40 posts) 11y

I wouldnt go with doxycycline, as it makes you much more sensitive to the sun and so you are more likely to get sunburnt! Not too great out there! Mefloquine, well, dont think they generally recommend that one anymore as apparently the side affects are very bad in a majority of people. I think your best bet is probably malarone, which is a fairly new treatment, as its virtually side affect free.

Tams

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Malarone is quite expensive though....

Doxy isn't too bad if your skins o.k with sun anyway, do you tan well? if you do and aren't too fair then the nurse is right this is the best of the cheapies, def dont get Mefloquin thats Larium to you and me and I had some crazy hallucinations on that stuff in Asia.

Also, this may be controversial but check out the Malaria zones for where your going you might not even need them...???

m

4. Posted by cy241 (Inactive 7 posts) 11y

im going to vietnam next week and i'm using mefloquine at the moment and haven't had any side effects yet. They are taken once a week and i've taken 2 so far and no problems.

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Quoting cy241

im going to vietnam next week and i'm using mefloquine at the moment and haven't had any side effects yet. They are taken once a week and i've taken 2 so far and no problems.

it doesn't affect everyone but its had pretty bad press in England, I had a horrible couple of nights on it.

m

6. Posted by Oddrun (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

If you opt for Malarone, you should know that it's not available in Thailand (at least it wasn't in january when I ran out...)

7. Posted by wmcs (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Well I was told by a Doctor in Cambodia that if you take the Malaria tablets and you do manage to get Malaria it is so much harder to treat you than if you got Malaria and had not taken the tablets. Confusing I know but thats what the Dr said.

So it makes it hard with knowing what to do.

Steve

[ Edit: sorry, no promos please ]

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I took Larium (Mefloquine) and I did have side effects...crazy crazy dreams. If I had to do it over, I would have done without them.

First of all, any Malaria medicine is expensive, at least here in the US and I didnt know about the side effects until after. The dr. never told me. I am one to get bit a lot so I was doing the Malaria and the deet applications and I didnt get one single bite at all. I was amazed. In other words, I could have done without the Malaria medicine. I used Avon Skin So Soft Bug Repellant every single day and deet. I used deet only when I was trekking in Chiang Mai.

I was told Malarone is the best right now but it is hard to get in Asia. It is probably prudent to take something anyway but if you have a good repellant, I wouldnt worry about it.