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Malaria Q&A from Wanderlust Magazine

Postby ballu » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:39 pm

Since we often get questions about Malaria medication at The Wateringhole, I thought this link to Wanderlust Magazine might be helpful... ... travellers

I would still recommend contacting a medical professional to find out what is best for you regarding medications while travelling.

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Re: Malaria Q&A from Wanderlust Magazine

Postby Zuleika » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:05 pm

Brilliant Ballu. Particularly surrounding larium which I swear by and have taken umpteen times now with no ill effects:

The doc writes:
'Can Lariam make you mad?'
'Tales made the press in a big way and have done a lot to undermine the good that this preparation does since, if it suits you, it is effective; personally, it is my favourite antimalarial. It also happens to give the best protection against the dangerous forms of malaria – the sort that can kill within 24 hours of the first symptom'

And especially as pretty much all the other malarials have side effects as well anyway, from sunburn to queasiness, to making birthcontrol pills less effective. etc etc
Malarone has less side effects, but still nausea, mouth ulcers and a big hole in the wallet(!!) 'BUT is less effective particularly in Africa'.

I know I'll keep taking larium to give me the best chance. But I reckon others should give it a try, like the doc says, try before you go and switch if not suitable is easy enough - and dont get caught up in all the hysterical hype - it might just save your life!
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Re: Malaria Q&A from Wanderlust Magazine

Postby Reditor » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:13 pm

Interesting read.
I always take Malarone and have never taken Lariam. Didn't know it is considered less effective in Africa. Good to know for next time I go there....
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Re: Malaria Q&A from Wanderlust Magazine

Postby jimshu » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:19 pm

Yep, I think because each is more effective to a specific strain of Malaria, and some regions have different strains so you need to check with your travel med professional and have the drug prescribed that is best for where you are travelling.
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Re: Malaria Q&A from Wanderlust Magazine

Postby desiree2 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:42 am

The last time I took anti-malarials was in 1992 because I had such bad side effects. Earlier this year I booked a trip to Borneo which included jungle trekking and my GP prescribed Doxycycline which I started to take 1 week before I was due to fly out, figuring that if I had any side effects I'd stop taking them. I had no side effects whatsoever, and I also think I had the added bonus of not getting any tummy upsets during my 5 1/2 weeks in SE Asia because of its antibiotic properties.
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