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1. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Ok we are thinking of taking anti malarials Doxycycline for our 7 month trip to Africa, South East Asia, India and China (we checked it out and is worth taking the whole time) and was wodnering whether anyone has any stories to tell about these? I know its not the time to be cheap but malorone for that long is so expensive!!

It says you are prone to sunburn...???

Any help is appreciated! xx

2. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I had my dose of doxyclycline when I travelled to Cambodia. Yes it does say that ingesting it will make you more proned to sunburn, how far that's true I'm not sure.

I had no problems with taking them but I did experience nausea during the times when I took them on an empty stomach. My conclusion is, always take them after meals.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3915 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I took doxycyline for 3 months and had no side effects at all - i heard about the sunburn thing too but I didn't notice that i was more susceptible to getting burnt than normal.

4. Posted by johnny_d (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If i was you mate i'd just stick to malorone. They have minimal side effects and are recomended by majority of tropical health places and most GP's. Happy travelling:)

5. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Im on them right now, ur meant to take them in the morning on a empty stomach. I feel sick from them about 15minutes after I take one and that lasts for about 30mins or so in my case. You get used to it. I had not heard of the sun burn issue, but i did get some nasty sunburn, its taken a week or so to clear, i thought i was being careless with my sun cream!?


6. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys, going to see the doctor tonight to ask advice! If youve had no problems except a bit of sickness then thats good, was worried about the sunburn thing but doesnt seem to effect you if you makesure you have suncream on!

Thanks alot! Happy travelling! xx

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I was taking it for approximately two months and had no side effects at all and I was also on a few other different types of medication at the same time as well so if anything I should have been effected worse than most. I didn't get sunburnt (it was regularly very sunny and always hot), never felt sick apart from the day after I'd walked about 40km on a 36 Celsius day which made me a bit worse off, but that was not because of the doxycycline.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jennifer - hope you got things sorted with your physician. ;)

Doxycycline is one of the cheapest and most easily tolerated of the anti-malarial medications. It is taken at a much lower dose (~100mg/day - one tablet/capsule taken once daily) than dosages used to fight infections. Doxy's use long-term is well-documented also. It can be taken for up to 2 years non-stop. (The anti-malarial dose is the same as that used for acne and it has been approved for the 2 year continuous use period.)

The side effects are quite mild and most people never experience them. They can include stomach upset, headache and sensitivity to the sun (quicker sunburn). Do NOT take Doxy less than an hour before going to bed or lying down as it can cause acid reflux (heartburn). Take it with food and drink a couple of glasses of fluids to help dilute the compound and aid in absorbtion. The only drawback to Doxy, compared to Malarone, is the extended treatment following your return home. Malarone is only taken for 7 days while Doxy is taken for 3-4 weeks. The nice thing - you can consume alcohol while taking Doxy. Alcohol consuption is not recommended with Malarone since dizziness is a side effect of Malarone and alcohol can enhance the dizziness and/or trigger an episode.

Unlike Malarone, which is a prescription drug around the world, Doxy can be purchased over the counter, and cheaply, in many countries. If you choose to obtain it while away, do so in larger metropolitan areas where you will find more reputable pharmacies.

Also check out the TP Wiki Travel Guide - Malaria page for more information.

Hope this helps and enjoy your adventure!!

9. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Great advice from Isadora. I will also add something that I was told a by a number of travel doctors who have prescribed me Doxy - take it at the exact same time everyday, to the minute if you can. I would always take it at the same time everyday shortly after breakfast.
I've been on it a couple times including one 9 month stint and side effects have been few. The first time I took it in Cambodia it did notice sensitivity to the sun. A couple days after we started taking it my girlfriend and I both got the worst sunburns we've ever gotten in our lives - in places I've never been burned before, like between my fingers. It only happened once though, but we were more careful after that. I never felt any sort of nausea no matter how much I had eaten, but my girlfriend would feel sick for an hour or so if she took it on an empty stomach.
I don't know where your first stop is, but Southeast Asia and India are great places to get Doxy for very cheap (a fraction of the cost at home). But as Isadora mentioned go to reputable pharmacies.

10. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks all, really appreciate the advice! We went for Doxy in the end!!! Many thanks again! :)