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1. Posted by unique2 (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Hi Im travelling Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and where ever the wind takes me in this area from november for 6 months.

Im think im taking Doxycycline as anti malaria protection.

I know loads of people say they dont bother but i think a little pill a day just in case is deffo worth taking.

Why risk it when it's so easy.

I know some people suffer awfull side effects. any advice on this. Has anyone taken this before.

any advice would be realy great

2. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

Oh my god! yes i took these when i went to laos in 2005!

I had crazy side effects from it... and more when i got back home, i begged doctor to let me stop taking it...but they said no... so i had to put up with a whole 2 months of the following

  • by Day 5 of taking pill in laos, you had to eat straight away after taking or u were sick sick sick and had headaches
  • Ok in day time and evening... just an hour after taking pill felt pants....
  • Got back to uk and the trouble really hit.. here goes!! no laughing now!!
  • Sick every day
  • Crazy farts like you would not believe... and they were fart and run away ones...really smelled
  • The runs...all the time,...if i wasnt farting, i was pooing, if it wasnt that i was being sick
  • Dizzyness
  • Confusion
  • Walked into a few tables at work
  • Vision went weird

Those tablets were horrid... plus they cost loads in uk ...so buy in thailand if you can..they work...but man i guess its just pick of the draw if you dont get what i had!!

My sister who was backpacking for a year took them and had same side effects, whilst her boyfriend took them and was fine all the way through...

Tbh... i think regardless of side effects, if maleria is a risk in the area your going to, you have to take them... there are herbal ones you can take these days...which may mean there arnt as many side effects....

Hope you get on ok better than i did!!!

He he.... looking back the side effects were funny... just not FUN at the time! felt like i was dieing at time !!

3. Posted by tasha80 (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Hi,
A really dicey subject this one...

Some people, Dr's obviously, swear that you must take some form of anti malerial medication, whilst others i'v met seem to travel for months-years on end, never being on anything and never contracting maleria.
It was a real topic of conversation in india between travellers - are you on anti malerial med's, which one etc etc.

I was on doxy for thailand and india, i still have mixed thoughts on it. I wont take it for my upcoming trip, for a few (possibly misguided) reasons.

The first few weeks you have to watch out for the sun as you burn very easily, and ironically ofcourse, its usually those countries with malaria that have great weather for catching some sun. It dries yr skin and can be uncomfortable.
I met a lot of people who weren't on anything and were fine, not really a great reason to decide either way, but...
I'm certinaly no expert, this is only the info i've picked up on as i've gone along.
There are so many differing medical opinions on this it seems. If you go to remote areas, its more a risk of not being able to be treated quickly, as opposed to being more likely to catch Maleria itself i believe.
In addition, i beleive Doxy is actually given as treatment for maleria, as well as a preventative. so if you were to contract it, having some on you may be beneficial. Aparently as a preventative, it dos not offer the same protection as the other drug (forget it name!!) taken once a week, but not advisable for those with depression and anxiety, or a history of, it can have some pretty psychadelic and scary side effects, for some.
A really good repellant helps to keep the mozzies away in the first place, apart from that, read some info (heaps on the net) and see what advice others post i guess?
Good luck :)

4. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Quoting tasha80

Hi,
A really dicey subject this one...

Some people, Dr's obviously, swear that you must take some form of anti malerial medication, whilst others i'v met seem to travel for months-years on end, never being on anything and never contracting maleria.
It was a real topic of conversation in india between travellers - are you on anti malerial med's, which one etc etc.

I was on doxy for thailand and india, i still have mixed thoughts on it. I wont take it for my upcoming trip, for a few (possibly misguided) reasons.

The first few weeks you have to watch out for the sun as you burn very easily, and ironically ofcourse, its usually those countries with malaria that have great weather for catching some sun. It dries yr skin and can be uncomfortable.
I met a lot of people who weren't on anything and were fine, not really a great reason to decide either way, but...
I'm certinaly no expert, this is only the info i've picked up on as i've gone along.
There are so many differing medical opinions on this it seems. If you go to remote areas, its more a risk of not being able to be treated quickly, as opposed to being more likely to catch Maleria itself i believe.
In addition, i beleive Doxy is actually given as treatment for maleria, as well as a preventative. so if you were to contract it, having some on you may be beneficial. Aparently as a preventative, it dos not offer the same protection as the other drug (forget it name!!) taken once a week, but not advisable for those with depression and anxiety, or a history of, it can have some pretty psychadelic and scary side effects, for some.
A really good repellant helps to keep the mozzies away in the first place, apart from that, read some info (heaps on the net) and see what advice others post i guess?
Good luck :)

You might be talking about larium , i had them years ago in kenya but was fine , but ive heard lots of stories about them which put me off taking them again.

5. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 10y

Hi,
I think it must be different for everyone because me and my partner took doxycycline last year and we had no side effects at all. In fact I think that alot of the people that we spoke to also took these and they were fine aswell.
Your right though, if's deffo worth taking something rather than running the risk, especially if your visiting known malarial places. The only place in Thailand that you are advised to take them is Koh Chang as it's near the Cambodian border.
Kristie x

6. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

I took doxycycline when I went to Asia. The only side effect I had was photosensitivity. I could not have any skin in the sun, had to cover up the whole time. It made me a bit miserable, so by the time I got to the islands in Thailand, I'd stopped taking them. Where's the fun in being on a beach if you can't even sit in the sun?

It's up to you, but in my opinion preventing yourself getting bitten is a better idea. Use repelent, burn coils, sleep under mozzie nets, cover up at night etc.

Just remember that anti malarial drugs are not 100% effective anyway. But then again if you're going to spend a lot of time trekking or will be going off the beaten track I would recommend taking some sort of anti malarial drugs.

7. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

Unfortunatly taking these tablets is a bit of a hit and miss if you have side effects..... but the good thing is you have to take them for like a week b4 you get to destination..so if you start having side effects.. you could stop and take a different one?

Anyway...now you know the potential side effects.... or not if your lucky... its up to you now sugar...

I guess , if i had to,, id take them again... rather than not... as its just too dodgy not to... locals bought up in these areas are partially amune to stronger strains of maleria, hence why they dont take anything ...however we are not... so the questions is.... do you want to gamble or not? i.e: have maleria for life! me personally... id not..regardless of the side effects i had ... its better to be safe than sorry...as it only takes one bite from the wrong mosi and your done.... and sods law being sods law... it will be the time you dont take them ...

Good luck hon xxx
(p.s: thanks for pm...LMAO big time as well) xxx