I will be in high risk malarial areas in SE Asia for 2 months so will need about 2 months and 10 days worth of pills (I have been prescribed malarone). However, my doctor has only prescribed me 40 tablets and says that this is the maximum she can give me and I will need to get some while I am out there. Has anybody else had this problem? Would I be able to get malaria tablets in Asia easily? I am going to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
Thanks for your help!
it sounds absolutly bunk that she can ONLY perscribe you 40 pills. My doc perscribed exactly the amount I needed. That is, one for each day there, 2 for the 2 days before I get there, and 30 for thirty days after i come home...it was like 85 tablets or something. I'd say go to another doc and get another dose. Your doc isn't doing a very good job, it seems.
good luck friend!!!
Keep in mind that it can sometimes be difficult to buy anti-malaria medications while in areas with malaria as people who live in malaria zones don't take anti-malarials. Although in bigger cities, you probably won't have a problem. I've also heard stories about counterfeit or sub-standard antimalarial drugs bought in SEA, but I don't know if these stories are true.
Btw, I recommend taking malarone in the morning instead of at night because it can affect your sleep.
Ladycroft, you must be taking something different than Malarone because as far as I know u dont need to continue taking Malarone after you get home, especially not for 30 days??!! I had a similar problem a couple of years back, my doctor would only prescribe malarone for 5 weeks, she told me dioxycycline was the alternative which she would be able to prescribe for a much longer period of time
Thanks for your responses. I went back to my doctor and kicked up a fuss so she gave me what I needed Also, thanks for the tip Ann to take it in the morning!
You did the right thing by going back to you physician and "kicking up a fuss" about the quantity. Malarone, unlike Doxycycline or Chloroquine, is not available as an OTC anti-malarial treatment. It requires a prescription worldwide. Any Malarone you would find available to you in SEA, as an OTC, would either be black market or counterfeit.
As for Ann's advice - definitely take it in the morning. Malarone can cause "unusual dreams" and altered sleep patterns. Also, limit your consumption of alcohol while on the Malarone. Women tend to experience a decrease in alcohol tolerance while on Malarone that they do not otherwise exhibit. Malarone is a relatively new drug (compared to others) so information about the medication is also limited (long term).
Enjoy your travels!!!