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11. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting amistarr

Another anti-malaria to take is Doxycyline(which is the cheapest one). You have to take it everyday, which can get a bit tedious, but havent had any trouble with them.

I've taken this one also, it has the added benefit of being a sort of diarrhea preventative. Definitely a welcome "side effect:.

12. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting rbisset

Thailand is malaria free? surely there must be some regions that it is still around?

Check the website for the CDC "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" and click "travelers' health". You can get up-to-date info on all regions throughtout the World.

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting toidi

Charlie,You beat me to it ! I was going to ask this same question, although I'd also appreciate any advice specific to China (Yunnan and Sichuan provinces mainly) as well as SE Asia.

There are plenty of drug stores in Yunnan & Sichuan. The variety and effectiveness of Chinese medicineis quite impressive as well

14. Posted by jam (Full Member 31 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

another benefit of doxycycline is it works for any urinary tract infections.

15. Posted by MartinH (Full Member 67 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Whats the deal with Malarone though? I had Hep A/B and Typhoid injections and I was asked about my length of stay in infected areas.

I was told that Malarone is only licensed for 30 day usage in infected zones currently on a UK prescription. It is the newest (expensive) wonder drug and doesnt need to be taken a week in advance and up to 4 weeks after leaving country like Mefloquin or Doxy (incubation for the parasite)

I had it repeatedly drilled in to me that if I go for 30 days plus I should take Doxy as the Mefloquin side effects are quite pronounced and they don't like to prescibe it.

Has anyone here been prescibed Malarone over 30 days? Supposedly its only because clinical trials for the UK have only been approved for this amount of time but it could be okay to take for longer.

Also if Thailand has been declared as okay, then presumably its only if I take excursions in to Cambodia/Vietnam or other "jungle" regions that I'd need to take anti malarials? I really wouldnt want to get malaria tbh!

16. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think I took Malarone for about 5 weeks... but my doctor never said anything about the 30 day limit.

For Thailand jungle trekking, take your pills - some places you go are right on the borders with Laos or Burma and it's not worth taking the chance. I started taking my pills the day before I left for the North.

Update on Doxy: I stopped taking it on day 3 of my trip b/c it made me faaaar too sensitive to the sun - so I'm switching back to Malarone. I couldn't stop myself from getting sunburnt no matter what, and it's really hard on your stomach.

17. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I was taking Doxycyline and the only side effect i had was a raging thirst. I was literally downing two 2 litre bottles one after another and still feeling thirsty. but that was the only side effect i had. Doxyclyline is also an antibiotic, so it's also useful against any dodgy stomachs or infections.

18. Posted by JS (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You really don't have to bother with anit-malarial stuff in thailand. I mean its up to you of course, but very few people I meet out there actually take anything and noone i've heard of had any problems. The fact that anti-malarial drugs are so hit and miss (none are guaranteed to work on any one person) makes it a rather disheartening process to go through everyday, especially if you do have side effects. I know many people who have not taken them even in Cambodia, and I certainly didn't follow the instructions on the box in terms of taking them for a month after leaving the area, when I was in Laos last.

19. Posted by Tamo (Full Member 40 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

heya, so I've been told by my doctor, but if youre only in the main tourist areas of thailand (ie, bangkok, phuket, the islands) you should be okay with regards to not taking anti malaria stuff... Just lots of bug spray too play it safe. if youre heading north into the jungle or close to the borders od myanmar, cambodia and laos, then they recommend that you do take them. Obviously though, youre best to prevent yourself from getting malaria in the first place with lots of DEET than relying totally on the medication...

I'm off to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in August... off to doctors in an hour so my left arm can act as a human dart board! Great great great...

Tams x

20. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yeah i had it for round trip of China/Tibet/Mongolia.

Nasty stuff, the leaflets mental! As you all said! Who advertises that they're product can kill you! .....except fags ;)

I get ill sometimes, it's kind of a clogged up gut feeling, you go dizzy and vomit (sometimes you can't vomit, which is worse!) Never had this until those tablets came along, i still get that illness two years on.

I vomited on a pathway in Xia'he at the monastery, some poor old women was doing that thing where they lay face down, kneel, then pray. They do this right the way around the monastery.........path......she just went right through it :(