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1. Posted by Sophie.C (Inactive 6 posts) 7y

So my doctor tells me he is unsure on what to do about giving me Malaria tablets as I will be in areas associated with Malaria for more than the reccommended time to go on the tablets.
Just wondering if people could inform me on what they decided to do when travelling.
I will be in SEA for a couple of months, India for a month and South America for several months and cannot obviously take the tablets the whole time so should i just not bother with the meds and be extremely cautious or should i take a couple of weeks worth and if i am planning on going right into the jungle take them then??

All opinions welcome :)

2. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

hey sophie

im traveling around thailand for a month n was reli unsure about malaria tablets, in the end i optd not 2 take them, and my doc was quite happy with my choice, but it all depends on ur personal choice, iv just bought bug spray with 98% deet which im told is way over the top (altho i dnt think u can reli go over the top protecting urself from malaria lol), duno if this will help u much but i thought id let u know my choice lol,

oh also if ur heading right into the jungle mayb rather than take the tablets just cover up more i.e long baggys trousers and a long sleeve tshirt all of which lightweight material...

safe trip

colin

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Feb-2009, at 08:59 by colinmc ]

3. Posted by Chapple89 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

I dont know if there is a trend at all in whether people get bitten or not by mosquitos, probably not, but if you usually get bitten a lot take that into account and i would defo take tablets!

When i was in Canada (obviously not a malaria zone lol) there were thousands of mosquitos, and everyone got bitten hundreds of times, apart from me, i think i got bitten once or twice on the 3 week trip, and i didnt use deet or anything that much, dunno why they didnt bite me lol, but if you dont think you are likely to get bitten that much then you might not need to take so many, perhaps just for high risk areas or something?

4. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

i read somewer that the reason thy bite u is because they can smell ur blood or somthing along thos lines so mayb u have stinky blood lol,

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Check the Wiki guide here for some great info on malaria tablets, then get yourself to a travel clinic. They're the experts and can inform you of what to do. Best to have all the info on hand when you go.

6. Posted by Chapple89 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Haha colinmc!

Well i guess if having stinky blood stops them biting me I cant complain too much :p

7. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

cud u send me a pint please bcus i dont have malaria tablets either lol,hopefully i have stinky blood also,infact theres an idea u cud massproduce ur blood and sell it as a repelant lol

8. Posted by Chapple89 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Haha 500 quid n u can have a pint!

9. Posted by hayzjb (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

if you decide to get doxy tablets - get your gp to write you a prescription and get them online or once you get there! do not do what i did and get them through a private travel clinic. 2 boxes of 50 cost me £80!!!!! thats 80p a tablet and i have now found them online for 15p a tablet. the clinic wont refund my tablets either.
so if anyone wants to buy some off me!!! make an offer!

10. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 7y

Don't take any of those pills.

A friend of mine had brought in India both the pills and repellant. After a week stuck in bed with malaria symptomas (uh, is this the right word?), oversleeping, sweating, and being as week as an erht worm, he stopped for good taking the meds and used repellant as much as needed.

I advise you to do the same ;)