I don't think there is a post on this so apologies if it has been covered before.
When you go travelling what do people do about taking a stock of Malaria tablets? Do they take all they need for their whole trip from their home country or do they stock up along the way?
To take them all seems ok if you are going going for 6 months but what if you are going for up to 2 years? That seems like you may have to cart round a heck of a lot of tablets.
No Sophie, you don't need to take all of your anti-malarials with you. Yes, the CDC and most other sites will say to take along your complete supply but it's not necessary. Depending on your destinations and the anti-malarial you have been prescribed, some can be purchased over the counter - ie: Central/South America and S.E. Asia (as examples). I do highly recommend requesting a written prescription from your physician so you can have that with you while away. Not only will you be able to refill your medications in countries where anti-malarials are not available OTC, it also helps replace them in case your container is lost or stolen. If you do buy them OTC, use a reputable pharmacy in a larger city as there are several countries where "fake" meds are prevalent.
If you are prescribed Malarone, it is strictly a "prescription only" drug around the world. It is not available as an OTC. Several countries who do have doxycycline and chloroquine OTC may not have mefloquine (Larium) available without a prescription. Personally, I would take along a 30-90 day supply and go from there. Though anti-malarials are not necessary in the US, all of them are by prescription only.
As a side note, if you need to use the written prescription to refill your meds, be sure to have that written prescription returned to you. An alternative is to have your physician give you 3-4 copies and tuck them away. If you are taking any other prescription meds - be sure to have written prescriptions for those also - for the same lost/stolen reason. As added coverage - I recommend a written letter of health from your doctor with a list of the medications you have been prescribed. It's one more layer of protection if needed.
Hope this helps.
Oh brilliant thanks Isadora that will make life a lot easier. I've still got to discuss my exact malaria percription with my doctor so I'll bring up the copies of percription then.
It will certainly make my rucksack rattle a bit less!!