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£380 for malaria Pills for 4 months

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1. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member, 106 posts) 21 Mar '07 08:04

i cant believe it

my doctor prescribed me 120 malerone pills for £380 thats £380

i nearly fainted, yet i went to boots chemist i could get the same amount for £90 but a different type of pill you take with antibiotics

anyone know how much maliria pills are these days in india and thailand ?

id rather be safe than sorry but i dident have any idea that they would cost this much.

do you think there trying to ripp me off

2. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member, 126 posts) 21 Mar '07 09:33

Hi! I can't help with prices for malaria pills in India or Thailand but £380 seems way too expensive. Ask your doctor about Doxycycline (don't think that's the right spelling though!) which are the cheapest pills i think. They're basically antibiotics but you have to be carfeful when taking them - drink a LOT of water when you take one and use more suncream more regularly as they can make you more sensitive to the sun. You wont need to take any malaria pills in Thailand - maybe in the north but not anywhere else. I was given 3 months worth of the Doxycline pills, i can't remember how much they were but I think they were under £100. i think the price for everything including rabies jags and some other jags came to around £250 for me - maybe less though. Some surgeries and clinics are more expensive than others - I was referred to a relatively cheap one so maybe look around for another clinic and ask about prices. Good luck!

Emma

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 21 Mar '07 13:04

I paid around 3 euro (around 2 pound) for one malarone pill when I went to Africa. So that would add up like 250 pound. But of course, that's in Holland. But the price difference of 50% seems too much for me.
Malarone is expensive but it's a good medicine and in combination with repellant with DEET and some longsleeve during the evening is nearly 100% proof.
I would never save money on malaria medication, if you get malaria, you will be seriously ill and there are risks of getting it back later during life.

4. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 22 Mar '07 10:44

Hi Jon,
Did you purchased the Malarone already? Hopefully not.

I can't tell you what pricing in India and Thailand will be, but I do know the meds will be cheaper. If you have not filled the Malarone prescription, then I recommend talking with the physician again and requesting a prescription for Doxycycline instead. Malarone is a combination prophylactic - meaning two meds in one pill. It is the most effective of the anti-malarials and also the most expensive. It is also a bit of overkill considering your destinations. Doxycycline will work very well, save you money and has a long history.
Though both compounds that are comprised in Malarone have been used separately for quite some time, the use in combination is relatively new. Basically, there is little long-term use information available concerning side effects, etc. Doxy, on the other hand, is also prescribed for acne (at the same exact dosage) and can be taken continually for up to 2 years.

Looking at the prophylaxis recommendations for both India and Thailand, Doxy will be sufficient. Looking at the CDC recommendations about Thailand, they say:
Limited risk in the areas that border Cambodia, Laos, and Burma. No risk in cities and major tourist resorts (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Phuket Island, and Ko Samui.) Most travelers to Thailand are not at risk for malaria and do not need to take an antimalarial drug. Travelers to the border areas of Cambodia, Laos, and Burma should take an antimalarial drug.
Their comments on India:
All areas, including the cities of Delhi and Bombay. Risk in areas at altitudes <2,000 m (6,561 ft) in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir, and Sikkim.

The one drug that will NOT be effective will be Chloroquine as both India and Thailand do have pockets of Chloroquine-resistent malaria parasites.

Again, talk with your physician and tell him/her which drug you would prefer to take. You are in charge of your own health and have the right to request different treatments. Our physician wanted us to take Larium and get every vaccination in the book for a trip to Panama. Doing my own research, and having a background as a pharmacologist (not chemist), my husband (also a biologist) and I decided what we were willing to accept.
Good luck and enjoy your travels! If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. ;)

5. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member, 134 posts) 23 Mar '07 03:11

I did not take Malaria tablets in Thailand as according to my guidebook it is mostly malaria free. I bought three months worth of Doxycycline in Boots whilst in Chiang Mai and it cost me only about 20GBP. DEFINATELY buy them in Thailand, they're so much cheaper.

No serious side effects either, just take them with food, at the same time each day.

Happy travelling!

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 23 Mar '07 04:41


I have never payed such a horrible price, for malaria pills.
Anyway, u dont need a precription, for them. Look up the information, about which ones u need, on the the world health organisation(WHO) webside, then go to Boots, and buy the most economical, yet effective ones.

Is the doctor u went to, at a travel clinic? The ones who are not, often have limited knowledge, about travel issues.

Mel

7. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member, 106 posts) 24 Mar '07 07:06

thanks all for your replys i am going for docsycyline instead of malorone there are more side effects but much cheaper who said the doctors always right

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 24 Mar '07 08:48

50 euros I paid for 6 months...

Maybe that were placebos?
what the heck....why taking them anyway...chance is almost nothing to get malaria in India...