DUKORAL for Traveller's Diarrhea/Cholera ??

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DUKORAL for Traveller's Diarrhea/Cholera ??

Postby daydreamer » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:09 pm

Does anyone know if Dukoral actually works? It's an option on the "menu" at the travel clinic and I'm wondering if it's a waste of money. I would definitely buck up if it was a sure thing! Not sure if it makes a difference but I'll be in Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand.

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Postby LadyBird » Thu Aug 30, 2007 1:44 am

I took it, it didn't taste so bad.

as for whether it works.....well I didn't get sick so it did for me. But do I really know if I would have otherwise?
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Postby roofie » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:15 am

yeah, I've taken it too a couple of times and I've never had problems with my stomach abroad while my friends (who didn't take it) haven't been as lucky.
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Postby ballu » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:22 pm

I've taken it on two trips and had minor problems on both...so whether or not it works, who knows really. Maybe I would have had major problems had I not taken it.
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Postby ladyronin » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:56 pm

I took Dukorol before my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia last May and I still ended up getting sick one night while I was in Saigon. I'm still glad I took it though, who knows it might have prevented something really bad. I'm taking a booster dose of Dukorol before I leave for Peru and Bolivia in October.
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Postby Hadleycat » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:23 am

We have taken Dukorol before our trips for a few years now. I am assuming that it works as we haven't gotten sick. It is a peace of mind thinking that it works as well.
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Postby where2next? » Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:04 pm

I took it prior to a 3 week camping trip in South Africa...no problems, so I assume it worked.
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Postby lsamchuk » Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:57 pm

My doctor talked me into it for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica. I wasn't going to take it as the travel health specialist I spoke to laughed when I asked her about it saying it was a money grab. She said it only has a 60% chance of making a difference and really only for people who have seriously sentsitive stomachs. I think reducing my chance of getting sick by 60% seems pretty good - and my health plan pays for it anyway.
It seems it's a little "controversial".
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Postby janer » Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:25 pm

Yea, I definitely have mixed feelings about it. Considering there are A LOT of strains of bacteria that could cause travelers diarrhea, Dukoral only covers one.
I took it on my recent trip to Costa Rica and Panama, and still had minor problems one day. I guess that's better than the trip before that to Asia, when I didn't take it, where I had 5 days of fever and diarrhea.
It's really a toss up, if your health plan covers most of it, why not give it a shot.
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Postby fuzzypuppy » Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:40 pm

I had the vaccine before my trip to China this august and I still got very sick. I missed the activities for a day. However, I'm still planning to take the booster before I go to Egypt this year.
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Postby Trina » Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:00 am

lsamchuk wrote:My doctor talked me into it for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica. I wasn't going to take it as the travel health specialist I spoke to laughed when I asked her about it saying it was a money grab. It seems it's a little "controversial".

The WHO web site in their cholera fact sheet says to check out with your local travel clinic as to whether you need the Cholera medication or not.
I think this tablet thing is just a money grab as the travel health specialist said. The doctor is probably paid by the drug company if he writes a script! Call me cynical but I believe there are alot of drugs needlessly prescribed by doctors wanting some percs from the drug companies.

The main thing is hygene. Make sure you wash your hands before eating. And only drink treated water, Boiled, purified, bottled whatever.
Don't take ice in your drinks and try not to eat salads that may have been washed in untreated water. I travelled through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia last year and was never advised about Cholera. Most reports seem to be from Africa.
Check out the WHO web site. http://www.who.int/topics/cholera/en/
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Postby lsamchuk » Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:45 am

The Dukoral is certainly an interesting taste experience. I thought it was pretty gross and I'm not really put off by many things. Kind of like sweet (in a bad way), slightly gelatinous, carbonated-gone-flat water. Ewww. But I suppose if you can take alka-seltzer you won't have a problem with it. :wink:
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Postby rayray » Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:28 pm

hi,

i look it for my month long trip in india. all my travel mates experienced some sort of problem while there but i never did. i bragged about my ironclad stomach but perhaps it was the meds.
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Postby ballu » Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:20 pm

Thanks for the reminder lsamchuk...I'm set to drink mine in about a week and am already dreading it :)
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Postby lsamchuk » Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:12 am

If it makes you feel any better I have to drink it again tomorrow - blech.
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