Ok so we are in Bangkok at the moment about to go to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos then to North Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia & Borneo...
We have our Malaria tablets, Doxy and lots of them but we have no idea when we need to start to take them! Unfortunately our doctors were useless when we got them and just prescribed us a whole bunch with no real instructions on when & where to take them... we have loads and I understand with Doxy you can take them for ages with no real side affects so can someone give us an idea on when we are likely to need them.. I'd rather take them for too long than not enough so a generous ball park idea would be fab.
Take a look in the Wiki Guide for some guidelines. You should really call home to a pharmacy or your doctor to get 100% correct information for you, though. Or find a travel clinic on the road and speak to a doctor there.
As the guy said before check with your docs but just to let you know i have just been given the choice of three malaria tablets to take and doxy was one. you need to take it 7 days before hitting a malaria zone, each day while you're there and 4 weeks after. I've downloaded this from the medical directory...
DOXYCYCLINE 100mgm (Prescription only)
Dose for Adults – ONE DAILY – At least two days ( seven days if not taken previously) before entering a malarious area, during and for four weeks on leaving Not recommended in pregnancy or if breast feeding For children under 12 years of age May sensitise the skin to sunlight and interfere with the metabolism of oral contraceptives. Extra contraceptive precautions should be taken for first three weeks of use. CAN BE TAKEN FOR UP TO TWO YEARS
Sorry if this is abit keen but I've known friends to get really ill from malaria (as in very nearly die) so take care!
Often 2 weeks before. When they say take the pills for 4 weeks after coming home, they mean that. You can have malaria still active in your system which the pills are keeping at bay. Stop taking them and you get malaria, even though you were bit 2 weeks earlier.
It is sometimes different tablets for different countries, because of different strains of malaria. Invest in some mosquito (or fly) spray and have a spray around when you are in your room for the night. Mosquitoes are about at twilight and night so be careful. You can pick up repellent locally.
Hi Sofe, I've just been the doctors today regarding this exact thing ... I was told one a day for 7-2 days before travel, every day whilst in malarious zone/country then for 4 weeks afterwards.