Can I Buy Malaria medication in SE Asia???

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1. Posted by Looosey (Budding Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am starting my travels to SE Asia in just over 5 weeks (first time - whoo hoo!) and I was wondering whether I will be able to buy Malaira medication such as Malarone over there?

I am travelling for 3.5 months and was planning on taking these for the duration of the trip (better to be safe than sorry and all that!), but I am concerned about buying such a large supply only to find that they make me ill and that I have to stop taking them, thus wasting a hell of a lot of money as those bad boys don't come cheap.....

I was thinking about buying a couple of weeks suply to take with me and then all being well, buy the remaining amount when on my travels.

Could anyone tell me whether this is possible and if so, is it cheaper than the UK?


Lucy :)

2. Posted by MazDev (Budding Member 52 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Actualy what you take to prevend Malaria is the same to fight it. Only that for the prevention you take more and for a longer period.

First try to figure out if the places you want to go are malaria risk places.

You can get malaria medication nearly every where in Asia.

3. Posted by lukeg1980 (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I travelled from the UK to SE asia this time last year and was thinking the same as you. I went into the local Boots and found the 2 month supply was going to cost me around 100 quid thats over $250 Australian. Being a typical Aussie, I chose not to part with my cash hoping to pick up medication in Thailand.

It was not a problem, managed to pick up a course of malaria tablets for around $1AUS or 33p per day. They are readily available in most pharmacies of the larger cities.

Make sure you do take them as it is not a beatup, people do die from Malaraia, poor Mr Li from Laos suffered this fate rest his sole.

Hope this helps


4. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


You can buy most things in Thailand (Prescription Drugs) which you need a doctors note from in the UK.

I bought some Amoxycillian yesterday for an abcess I have in my mouth, back in the UK I would need a doctors note for this, but I just bought it off the shelf, it would appear you can buy most things "off the shelf"


5. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You should be leaving the same time as me Lucy... I go on 15th Nov eeeek!

I also need advice about Malaria tablets. Apparantly I need one type fo India as the risk there isn't that severe, and another type for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam as there is more of a risk there.

Is it worth getting 6 months worth in advance, or would you advise buying some whilst I'm out there?


6. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I bought doxycycline in Bangkok, worked out pretty cheap. Doxycycline is also used to combat malaria if you get it, it's like an antibiotic. Just make sure you start taking them a week before you enter a malaria zone, you can then see if you have any reactions to them.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello imoutahere

I think the illness from the malaria pills is only temporary. That is why the doctors say to start taking them before travel starts. Apparently, they would in fact work, just as well, if u start taking them on the first day of travel. I have a friend who is a pharmacist, and she told me this.
My malaria medication, which I took for my trip to India, made me feel sick, for a week. I was OK, after that. U probably will be too.
I dont know if u can buy them, in SE Asia, or not, but the standard of drugs there, may not be as controlled, as it would be in USA or Europe.
Personally, i am considering not taking malaria medication again, while travelling. The malaria is becomming more and more resistant so the medication has to get stronger and stronger. I might just use a good mosquito repellant, in future. I think the malaria medication is quite harsh on the body.


8. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I kind of agree with Mel, get a good repellent, wear long sleeves in the evening, get a room with air con or fan, burn a coil outside your room for a couple of hours in the evening, sleep under a net if necessary.

I'm not sure I would take doxycycline again as it made me photosensitive.

9. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

But what if you dont take any medication and get bitten? I'm really prone to mosquito bites, I know that no matter how hard I try I will get bitten at least a few times whilst Im away. Even in England, whilst sleeping head to toe in clothes (and I mean hat, scarf, wooly socks, gloves etc) the b.astards managed to bite me on my eyelid!! so no doubt I will get bitten whilst away.

I guess it's best for me to get malaria covered, no matter what the side effects

10. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

just be careful with the doxycycline is an antibiotic which makes you sensetive to the sun and screws hormonal birth control up royally.

just a heads up.