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1. Posted by mikeuk20 (Budding Member 25 posts) 7y

Hey guys,

I have just forked out £170 for vacinations before I go away to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and now have been told that Malarone tablets are going to cost me £130-£200... I'm completed shocked by the price of these... I know you cant put a price on health but been a student whos saving as many pennies as possible to travel the prices are really quite disheartening!

Somebody recommended to use Doxycycline tablets instead as they are cheaper but have more side effects- and you can suffer really bad sun burn.. so right now I'm trying to outweigh the positives and negatives.

Does anybody know of which tablets would be more safe and what side effects you have had with each set of tablets.

If I do go for Malarone I'm going to have to do a serious shop around for the cheapest ones!

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

All three countries which you've mentioned have good malaria containment programs and there haven't been any reports of infections in any of them to date although there is a certain strain along the Thai/Cambodian border which is proving to be Artemisinin resistant. For more info, see Fighting the spread of Artemisinin-resistant malaria

If I were you, I'd skip the malaria tablets and instead, use liberal amounts of DEET and wear appropriate clothing for the type of area you intend to travel to.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

I took doxycyline for 3 months in Asia and didn't have any side effects apart from that it stopped the contraceptive pill working, but I guess you wouldn't have that problem :). I didn't have any issues with sunburn; I know a few people who have taken doxy and haven't heard of the sunburn issue actually occurring. You'd have to wear sunscreen anyway in that part of the world, so it shouldn't be a problem.

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

Quoting Blinq

If I were you, I'd skip the malaria tablets and instead, use liberal amounts of DEET and wear appropriate clothing for the type of area you intend to travel to.

I agree with Bling, I traveled around SE Asia 3 years ago and not only did i have to pay quite a bit of cash for the maleria tablets, but they sent me a little crazy . I was on the strong type that you take once a week.

In 2 weeks i fly over to Indonesia for a few months and then over to SE Asia, and don't plan to take any anti maleria tablets. Instead i am stocking up with a good mosquito spray (Such as Bushmans or Jungle fever) that has a high Deet percentage. I have been reassured by numerous people that this would be fine.

Hope it helps.

JD

5. Posted by the_smurf (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

i used doxy for a couple months in brazil and didnt get any side effects, maybe a bit more sensitive to the sun but that was it and they are much cheaper than anything else. they also are an antibiotic so act as sort of a preventive factor against other infections etc . its just annoying taking it everyday

6. Posted by sambo123 (Budding Member 45 posts) 7y

hi,

Try getting your tablets online at travelpharm.com as they're much cheaper. i would still take them though as you never know...better to be safe than sorry. Also, i have a friend in Hong Kong who says they are much cheaper over there than here (UK-I'm guessing you're UK based being called Mike uk??).

Why did you pay for your vaccinations? they're free on the NHS.

Hope this helps!

Sam

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Apr-2009, at 01:50 by sambo123 ]

7. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Taking anti-Malaria tablets may well protect you from that disease, but won't prevent infection by Dengue Fever or Japanese Encephalitis Both of these two are rampant during the monsoon period.

The best thing to do is to consult your doctor in order to ascertain what the current health warnings are for areas you plan to visit.

8. Posted by mikeuk20 (Budding Member 25 posts) 7y

Thanks for the advice guys, im torn between buying them and been safe or just using tons of DEET! I tried travelpharm and they are much cheaper.. still expensive but not £160! So thanks for that link :)

As for vaccinations, there not free with the NHS only certain ones are such as : typhoid, hepatitis A, meningitis C..
You have to pay in full for hepatitis B and Rabies etc.. and I got student discount supposedly as well and it still cost way too much! The sad thing is my friend went for her rabies the other day and the doctor wrote the prescription wrong and she got hers for £7.. compared to my £120.... Slightly gutted lol!

Mike

9. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

In the Netherlands, citizens can claim the cost of medicines not covered by the national health scheme on their annual tax return. You might try researching the same thing on the UK Inland Revenue site in order to ascertain whether there's some sort of allowance which would cover it there too.

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting mikeuk20

Hey guys,

I have just forked out £170 for vacinations before I go away to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and now have been told that Malarone tablets are going to cost me £130-£200... I'm completed shocked by the price of these... I know you cant put a price on health but been a student whos saving as many pennies as possible to travel the prices are really quite disheartening!

Somebody recommended to use Doxycycline tablets instead as they are cheaper but have more side effects- and you can suffer really bad sun burn.. so right now I'm trying to outweigh the positives and negatives.

Does anybody know of which tablets would be more safe and what side effects you have had with each set of tablets.

If I do go for Malarone I'm going to have to do a serious shop around for the cheapest ones!

I have used doxy from time to time. I bought some in Thailand last week, the price per tablet was around 4 baht for the local "made in Thailand" stuff and up to 7 or 8 baht per tablet for foreign stuff. Check expiration dates. I don't notice any unusual sun sensitivity.

As far as avoiding mosquitoes I only stay in places with A/C. I figure that I have a greater chance of getting bit by a mossie in my hotel room if I have the windows open for ventilation. Besides I like A/C because with the windows shut I can avoid some of the traffic or other noise. I do get the JEV shots, but I have free medical care that allows for those shots.

Good luck.