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Indonesia - Do i need to take Maleria tablets?

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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

I will be going to Indonesia in a couple of months and will be there for 1 month.

Do i need to take maleria tablets or will i surive on mosquito spray/gels etc?

I took them last time i went to SE Asia, and they sent me a little looper than normal as i was on the larium which is the stong stuff, so ideally i dont want to take them again if i dont have too!

some people says Yes, others no......

What do you guys reckon

2. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 7y

Jade,
Where are you going again? Sorry I do not remember but I had so many emails since we were in contact.
You can always take Doxycycline which are a broad spectrum anti biotic for malaria prevention.
Pamela.

3. Posted by kcsun (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Suggest you take some protection against Malaria now.

The rainy season is about and already in Malaysia there has been out break of Dengue (Malaria) fever ; which is more dangerous than Malaria.

Conversely you can check or consult the local doctor about this when you arrive in Indonesia.

Be safe so you can enjoy the trip rather than in the hospital.

4. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

Quoting kcsun

Suggest you take some protection against Malaria now.

The rainy season is about and already in Malaysia there has been out break of Dengue (Malaria) fever ; which is more dangerous than Malaria.

Conversely you can check or consult the local doctor about this when you arrive in Indonesia.

Be safe so you can enjoy the trip rather than in the hospital.

Well kcsun, it's the end of rainy season in Indonesia and dengue fever is NOT malaria - it's completely different. There is no prevention medication available for dengue fever, you just have to use repellant and cover up, there has been dengue outbreaks over the whole of SE Asia but your anti-malarial medication won't prevent you from getting dengue.

James, I'd say it's a personal choice...we haven't taken anti-malarials for anywhere in SE Asia or India and we were just extremely careful with covering up and using strong (50% DEET) repellants. We thought the side effects of the anti-malarials outweighed the risks of actually getting malaria.

5. Posted by 7055 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

Equally, only certain individuals experience side effects. I took Larium (AKA Mefloquine), here are a few of the possible side effects:-

  • may have severe and permanent adverse side-effects. It is known to cause severe depression, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, nightmares, insomnia, seizures, birth defects, peripheral motor-sensory neuropathy,[2] vestibular (balance) damage and central nervous system problems.

Pretty scary stuff. Yet I honestly experienced none of these whatsoever and overall I would definitely use the stuff again since it is dosed weekly (one tablet), fairly affordable and very effective. Sometimes it is good to start taking your medication before you leave the country. This way, any unexpected side effects will be known to you before your in a high-risk area and you can consult your GP and change medications.

6. Posted by kakitravel (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

You don't need to take any Malarial pills if you haven't get the infection.

7. Posted by kakitravel (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Quoting kakitravel

You don't need to take any Malarial pills if you haven't get the infection.

Hey, sorry for the confusion. The prevention is quite differ from the people in the endemic area itself and also people from elsewhere who come to the endemic area. The pills should be taken if you visit a malarial endemic area for 10 days (depends on what type of antimalarial you take). :)