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The 'Which Anti-malarials?' decision?...

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1. Posted by andyuk2010 (Budding Member 45 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Am going to be in Thailand and India for 10-12 weeks and have been advised by docs to take anti-malarials.

Previously I took anti-malarials for a 4week trip in Thailand, Malarone, with no side effects, just the £150 it left my pocket short of.

Does anyone recommend alternatives to Malarone, preferably cheaper and with least possoble side effects.

Anyone have experience of Doxcycycline? cheap and cheerful i have been told?

Any help would be great!!!!

Andy

2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Doxycycline is an option.
The downsides are the need for daily use ( similar to Malarone), a slightly higher risk of side effects than Malarone ( potential GI upset, and photosensitivity), the need to continue for 4 weeks after leaving a malaria zone (compared to only 1 week for Malarone), and for completeness, in women a theoretical issue on lowering birth control pill effectiveness (although this is actually a bit controversial).
The upside is certainly the cost.

I personally went on a 3 month trip to SE Asia a few years back and took doxy for a prolonged time- I didn't have any problems....

Good luck

3. Posted by andyuk2010 (Budding Member 45 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

many thanks mate

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

You got it.
Have a great trip.

I would recommend getting all your pills before you leave, as there have certainly been reports of "counterfeit" pills in Asia- mostly originating from China, but all over Asia- pills with lower potency of the medication and less than you are supposed to be taking.