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1. Posted by hamjunkie (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

Ok going India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Loas, Thailand, Malaysia - i've been recommended to take pills for the duration (prob about 7/8 months) but it'll work out pretty expensive if i get them all over here - can anyone tell me if you can buy them in all the above countries and if so are they cheaper? Thanks

2. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

You could buy any drug in India back when I was there in 1985 so can't imagine any change there.
Certainly would be cheaper, the only potential problem could be the quality of the drug.
I travel SEA quite a bit and always take malaria tablets if advised by my doctor, and have never had to buy anti-disease drugs overseas as I know what I'm getting from Australian pharmacies.
In fact I should be in Sumba late next month and will be taking malaria tablets during my 2-3 week trip.

Safe trip.

Anthony

3. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

Yes, i believe you can. My friend bought her anti-malarials for 2 months abroad in ireland for 90 euro, her friend bought them in bangkok for 12 euro. huge price difference. although the doctor did warn me they might be sub standard. I'm still going to take the chance.

4. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

You can't get Malerone in Asia, but you can get others. Just ensure you get them from a reputable source - Boots on Khao San Road or at MBK for example as there is a problem with counterfeit drugs and them not being kept correctly. You could try travelpharm.com - lower price and good service.

5. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

OK just wondering if you have to show a dr's prescription to get these abroad?
Would anyone know???

6. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

You can also get doxycycline in SEA-
Personally i would not recommend getting your medication there though-- there have definitely been cases of pills that are no longer potent or do not contain the drug they are supposed to.

7. Posted by G-trotter (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

I don't rec. malaria drugs!!!

They are just BAD for your body (you'll feel it!!) and aren't a guarantie!
Take some malaria drugs whit you but those to take afterwards, if you get sik. India should not be a problem at all, SEAsia has still malaria but the risk schould not by that big and in SEAsia you should by able to reach a biger city like Bangkok, Hanoi, Saigon in less than 2 days where they could help you.

But take the malaria drugs whit you from your home country, because I could not finde this medicine in Bangkok at all, even not in Bumrungrad International hospital which is a temple of drugs, I speak about those which you would take in case of ilnes, ask your doctor.

Other normal malaria pils you get in pharmacies in Bangkok and elswehre, they are cheaper and should by as good as they are here. I speak about Thailand and Malaisya maybe Vietnam.

I meet so many travellers in SEAsia and not 30% had malaria drugs prophylaxis. And I did not meet one who had a problem, just make sure to protect you well from moskitos this is the best what you could do...

Have fun...
Pascal

8. Posted by hamjunkie (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

Thanks for your help guys, i got some doxycycline before i left and if/when i buy more i'll let you know how it goes.

9. Posted by tsubaki (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y

Hi

I always buy a couple of weeks malaria med before I leave then get the rest abroad (usually at local hospitals). Having said that, I often stop taking them as I just don't like putting such harsh chemicals in my poor wee body. If you use decent protection (I always use the citronella sprays you can find in chemists abroad) and are religious about applying it you will hopefully be ok. I'm one of those who seem ridiculously attractive to mozzies but the citronella has worked even in the jungle.

Happy travellin'

10. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 9y

Quoting G-trotter

I don't rec. malaria drugs!!!

They are just BAD for your body (you'll feel it!!) and aren't a guarantie!
Take some malaria drugs whit you but those to take afterwards, if you get sik. India should not be a problem at all, SEAsia has still malaria but the risk schould not by that big and in SEAsia you should by able to reach a biger city like Bangkok, Hanoi, Saigon in less than 2 days where they could help you.

But take the malaria drugs whit you from your home country, because I could not finde this medicine in Bangkok at all, even not in Bumrungrad International hospital which is a temple of drugs, I speak about those which you would take in case of ilnes, ask your doctor.

Other normal malaria pils you get in pharmacies in Bangkok and elswehre, they are cheaper and should by as good as they are here. I speak about Thailand and Malaisya maybe Vietnam.

I meet so many travellers in SEAsia and not 30% had malaria drugs prophylaxis. And I did not meet one who had a problem, just make sure to protect you well from moskitos this is the best what you could do...

Have fun...
Pascal

DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS ADVICE ABOVE.

Every doctor knowledgable in travel medicine will absolutely recommend anti-malarials. The risk is lower in SEA than in Africal but it is absolutely not zero. Malaria is a potentially fatal disaes that can kill within a couple days. To take a chance and not take prophylaxis is just foolish. Locals already have a "partial immunity" from previous infcetions but most travelers can get very sick very fast... Generally the risk is low in most major cities, but almost all typical travel routes will include rural areas, areas near rivers and lakes where there iis certainly a risk-- see a doctor and get the pills- it's not worth the risk....