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Malarone or Doxycycline against malaria

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1. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

any experiences of above tablets????? And places to get them cheap (living in UK)
Thanks

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Isadora posted a very complete, informative thread on anti-malaria medication not too long ago; have you already searched for that?

Niels

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

It all depends on where you are going. I used Malarone in Tanzania and Kenia and had no problems at all. But in some areas, for example the amazon, there are mosquitos that are resistent to malarone, and lariam or other medicins are a better and safer choice. It's not something you should'nt consider to take because of the cost (one pil is GBP2 or eur3).

4. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 10y

I would recommend going to a specialist on this...your talking about your health, I would take the medication from home, you never now what you actually get in other countries (I bought lens fluid, the same as I use at home, and I was so alergic to it, I couldn't wear my lenses anymore)

Doxycycline is actually a kind of antibiotic. It is not specially against malaria, it might only kill the "virus" when it enters your body. But please check that with a specialist, you might also need other shots (rabies, tetanus etc.)

5. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

Thanks guys. Actually none of the malaria tablets won't stop you getting malaria. They just help your body to recover quicker if you get it.
I've been to the doctors and both of above brands are recommended to the areas where we're going....Just thought if somebody has personal experiences. Still obviously can't be sure are they good for me, but please keep your "stories" coming
And yes booked for getting my shots 4 of them on a same day, scary....

6. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 10y

I remember my tropical doctor telling me that Doxycyclin has fewer side effects. Some of the Malaria pill taken for precaution can be really hard on you (bad dreams, psychological changes). But then it also depends to which country you are going. Your doctor should have a pretty good idea about that and can tell you exactly which medication to take.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

[quote=hmclehto]Thanks guys. Actually none of the malaria tablets won't stop you getting malaria. They just help your body to recover quicker if you get it.quote]

That's actually not true. Ok, you don't have a 100% garantee not to get malaria, but still a good 98 or 99% if used the right way. Combined with anti mosquito repellent and stuff, you almost get a 100% garantee. Only the very unfortunate (or stupid) get malaria.
But in the past for example, there were cholera injections which only helped for 30% or so, that's a big difference.

8. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

That's wierd as I heard this from the doctor and on a trip to Southern Africa before....Where two people caught Malaria and were taking the recommended tablets

9. Posted by Ms Pinky (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

I stopped taking my tablets after about 3 weeks. Weird dreams, and really bad headaches. I think it was Chloroquin?? Not even sure that you can get it anymore. I spent about 4 months in Eastern Africa some fairly remote areas that were fairly heavily infested with Mossies. Slept outside under a net and always always always wore insect repellant. Not even the one with DEET in it. Some stuff from the Natural Food Store. Wasn't bothered by mozzies at all. Each to their own, but I would never take them again. Cover up with long sleeves and pants and cover yourself with peppermint oil and repellant. Mozzies hate peppermint.
Good luck.

10. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 10y

i took malarone when i travelled to south america... but i only took it for one day and decided against taking it again... there were no side effects, but i didn't think it was a good idea for my body... but apparently malarone has less side effects in general!
laur