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Costa Rica and Malaria

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1. Posted by brijette (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I will be taking a malaria medication for my 6 month stay in Costa Rica. Although it may be over kill, I will be traveling to Panama and I plan on going deep into wild Jungles.

Does any one have information on Melarone Vs. Doxycilcline or Chloroqiun? The CDC recommends Chloroquin for costa rica.

Doxycilcline makes you sun burn easier and I am a light skinned girl from Kansas.

I also have been recommended to take typhoid medication. Any one have side effects?

Any insight and discussion would be great!


2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y

Hi Brijette-

For Costa Rica, and the surounding areas in C America, I would indeed recommend chloroquine for malaria prophylaxis- It is cheap, convenient ( once per week), and active for the malaria strains in the area. While Malarone and doxy are alternatives, there is really no reason to consider them- as chloroquine is frankly more convenient and very effective. malarone is daily and much more expensive, and doxy is also daily and has a number of potential side effects- These would be good options for other itineraries, just not needed for C America.

Typhoid vaccine would also be recommended- there is either an oral vaccine- 4 pills on alternate days- or an injection. Both are well tolerated.
You also should consider Hepatitis A vaccine if you have not had it before.

Good luck.

3. Posted by brijette (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Thank you!

I actually had to get Hemp A and B all over again, since my shot record has been lost. I also got yellow fever vaccination because I will be traveling deep into Panama while I am there.

I really appriciate your clarification since there is alot of options.

Anything else you would suggest?


4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y

I think that covers it....
You may want to consider taking an antibiotic to have for 'standby' if you develop travelers diarrhea...
But otherwise- just read up on where you will be heading, and have a great time!!

5. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Cautions and side effects are similar to other members of the tetracycline antibiotic group. However the 10% risk of photosensitivity skin reactions is of particular importance for those intending long-term use for malaria prophylaxis because it can cause permanent sensitive and thin skin.