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1. Posted by gardenia (Budding Member, 25 posts) 18 Nov '13 05:19

gardenia has indicated that this thread is about South America

Hi Everyone,

I am planning on travelling through South America. I am wanting your thoughts on malaria tablets??? Do you recommend them??? very expensive in the UK to buy. Can you buy them in south america??? If so do you need a script already filled out in uk before going???
I understand different tablets in different countries and this can be difficult to predict if your not exactly sure of regions going to.

Countries i plan on seeing. Equador, columbia,bolivia, peru, brazil

thanks :-)

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1567 posts) 18 Nov '13 09:18

You shouldn't be getting medical advice on an anonymous travel forum and in any case all advice is useless anyway because it depends entirely on which areas you're visiting so it's impossible to comment.

http://www.nathnac.org/ds/map_world.aspx

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by gardenia (Budding Member, 25 posts) 18 Nov '13 09:32

I was more wanting to know if it was possible to get these in south america if needed. Totally wasnt looking for medical advice at the end of the day its peoples choice.

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1567 posts) 18 Nov '13 09:47

Sorry, misunderstood.

Yes, totally possible to get malaria medicine in most major South American centres.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1567 posts) 18 Nov '13 09:49

That said, most malaria medicine has to be taken before/during/after your exposure. You can't wait until you arrive...

Cheers,
Terry

6. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 1 Dec '13 08:32

Terry does have a point about receiving information about health issues on a travel-related website. But, members do have information based on their personal experiences. TP also has a section in the Travel Guide specifically written about travel health - malaria is one of the topics. The link is listed below.

With that said, my personal recommendation is doxycycline. There are no strains of malaria resistant to doxy and it is cheap, available as an OTC in SA and has minimal side effects. (All that info can be found on the page linked below.) It's biggest drawback is the duration of administration following your return home. But, it has a long history of use.

As always, those who answer these types of questions should also recommend the poster to seek information from a travel health clinic and/or personal physician.

Check out the malaria page and if you have any questions, post them here or you can PM me directly. (Checking the page saves writing a long reply in this thread.)

Have a safe trip and enjoy!

Travel Guide - Malaria

7. Posted by katzgar (Budding Member, 61 posts) 7 Dec '13 03:02

you need to talk to a tropical doctor, not a travel site.

8. Posted by Mellisa Turner (Budding Member, 29 posts) 7 Dec '13 03:35

You need to consult your family doctor or the region, where you're going. Keep safe and happy journey.