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

Hi

sorry this is third post tonight about malaria tablets for me and my boyfriend.

basically im already travelling in spain and flying to thailand next. My doctor wont speak over phone, says i need an appointment to talk about malaria tablets. so im finding out my self and then i'll just buy them here.

ive heard doxycycline is out of question as interfers with contraceptive pill. any girls who can give me any advice. what about malarone??

any advice would be so great, its a mind field.

2. Posted by rama_h (Inactive 91 posts) 10y

you won't need malaria tablets for Thailand... just buy one of those anti-mosquito lotion, it's available locally in Thailand!

3. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 10y

You can get Malarone at Buddys shopping center on Khao Sarn road in Bangkok. It's the only place I've found in the city which sells it. They are in the basement and it won't mess with the pill but it was a load of other side effects so be careful.

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

Hi,

This is the only down side as it does interfere with your pill, I don't know if they all do but deffo doxycycline.

Despite what rama_h says, you need to take malaria tablets if you plan to visit koh chang in thailand, I did write this in my other post but just incase you didn't get chance to see it yet. Whilst I was in koh chang I had some of the biggest mozzie bites ever.

If you are going to buy some lotion the best one I found was one called WildLives 95 and it contains 95% deet - feels a bit greasy on your skin for a while but it does sink in eventually. I tried all the other alternatives, like herbal stuff and citronella spray but found this the most effective.

Kristie x

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

Quoting Kristie79

Hi,

This is the only down side as it does interfere with your pill, I don't know if they all do but deffo doxycycline.

Despite what rama_h says, you need to take malaria tablets if you plan to visit koh chang in thailand, I did write this in my other post but just incase you didn't get chance to see it yet. Whilst I was in koh chang I had some of the biggest mozzie bites ever.

If you are going to buy some lotion the best one I found was one called WildLives 95 and it contains 95% deet - feels a bit greasy on your skin for a while but it does sink in eventually. I tried all the other alternatives, like herbal stuff and citronella spray but found this the most effective.

Kristie x

I used wildlives or wildleaves, can't remember the exact name. Bought the stuff in Thailand, & it did the trick. Soon as the sun started going down, I would return to my guesthouse/hotel, have a shower & spray myself. It is greasy, but doesn't smell too much well compared to jungle formula. The wildlives or wildleaves I used also lasted for up to 15 hours.

The pharmacies in Thailand are really good, they speak good English, so if you need anything they'll be really helpful. If you decide to use doxycycline buy it in Thailand, it will be much cheaper.

6. Posted by Oz2Asia (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Hi Chicki-babies,
I can definately give you the lowdown on the contraceptive pill vs malaria tablets. For two reasons - its something i too have to think about, and the fact that nurses know best! :)
The malaria tablet has come a long way in recent years, and yes, it used to interfere big time with The Pill, but certain types no longer are a threat.
The best one I can recommend is Doryx 100mg. This is not available in generic form, and a script is required. It is to be taken at the same time daily with food. You start the prescription on the day you arrive in the 'malaria infected' location, and continue to take for 2 weeks after you leave. If you forget a tablet, your immune system is vulnerable for 2 weeks, until you are back on track again.
Hope this helps.

jb