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1. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 10y

Hi everytone, I am visiting Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnem in Feb/March next year. Are malaria tablets a necessary? as I find the side effects difficult to cope with. Thanks Stokesy

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 10y

It's advisable to take malaria tablets for cambodia and vietnam. I took doxycycline which were fine for me - my doctor also suggested malarone as an option if I didn't want to take the doxy, as malarone has less side effects, but it's much more expensive.

3. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

Hi Stokesy-
I am an Infectious Diseases specialist (really) and I would definitely recomment anti-malarials in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. There is malaria in rural areas of Vietnam, almost all of Cambodia and Laos, and the malaria near the Thai/Cambodia and Thai/Laos border tends to be resistant to a number of drugs. The risk is quite low in larger Thai cities and major resorts. The top 2 options I would say are either doxycycline( very cheap, and generally well tolerated with the exception of ocassional photosensitivity) and Malarone (atovaquone-proguanil-- generally well tolerated but more expensive. I am traveling in the same area from November to Feb and have decided on doxy myself. I would not risk it-- see your doctor and get the pills. Also get other pre-travel vaccines- hep a and typhoid.

Good luck.

MW

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1586 posts) 10y

Quoting stokesy

Hi everytone, I am visiting Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnem in Feb/March next year. Are malaria tablets a necessary? as I find the side effects difficult to cope with. Thanks Stokesy

Doxy caps are priced from 4 baht to 10 baht per capsule in Thailand, (local manufacture cheapest, foreign the most expesive, overall - very cheap!

You should start your malaria medication a few days before you leave home so that you will have to have a few tablets to begin with and then buy the cheaper meds in Thailand. Of course, check with your doctor to see if you can tolerate doxy or if it is recommended by him.

Always check the expiration date of any medicine you buy from a pharmacy in Thailand, also read the data sheet that is packed with the meds, there will be a section in English for easy reading. I prefer to buy meds from bigger chain pharmacies like Boots or Watson to avoid counterfeit drugs.

AL