malaria - what to do?

#1 Sep 5th, 2007, 18:05
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Hi people,

on 11th october are we leaving to India and have time to stay up to 5 years or more. But what should we do about malaria? I do not think it is healty to eat lariam or malarone all this time.
What do you suggest?

Thanks a lot.
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There are a number of threads in relation to what u can do re malaria prevention and treatment here. Check these out - I have lived nearly 8 years here and have had malaria four times, to the point now where I have supposedly built up some immunity according to expert doc. back in Oz. You cannot be taking prophylactic treatment all the time, your hair will fall out. Try preventative measures and get treatment if you get it is what I would suggest. But I am not a health expert - follow what the professionals say in your country.
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Our first advice has to be to read the many threads here.

I think this is the third thread on the topic this week? Although yours is the only one to discuss long-term use.

Then you should do at least one of the following...

The first is to seek professional medical advice in your own country.

The second is to do the same at your destination. The doctors at your destination city/area will know what the malaria risk is, and which strains of malaria are present, and whether your occupation is more or less risky.
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I know this thread is older, but I thought I would add something to get some advice. I have my doctors appt today at 3pm to get all of my medication. People are recommending Lariam, but it looks like Malarone has less side effects. My doctor doesn't seem to know too much about it and will have to look it up. Malarone is expensive, but I am totally willing to pay the extra $$ if it has less side effects. I am kind of a hypochondriac when it comes to meds and my liver so this is my worst nightmare. HAHA! I took an antibiotic called Levaquin, which is a quinine based drug and I couldn't open my hands after taking it for 5 days. I will be asking my doctor about all of this today. Just thought I would put this out there for anyone that has taken both/one. Thank you! my trip is in 16 days. I am getting NERVOUS! HAHA!
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I seem to think we have had this conversation before, but never mind! I personally take Malarone and have not suffered any side effects whatsoever from taking it.

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I think we have a few times. HA! I just wanted to make sure I had my stuff down pat since today is my appointment. :-) Thank you for answering again. I appreciate it. I can't wait to post when I am there. It seems so surreal.
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I just received my Malarone. I would suggest taking it over any of the other types of meds because it has fewer side effects.
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Are you going again?? I was leaning towards that one as well. I will tell my doctor. I just read your blog again. I love it!
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No side effects whatsoever on my end with Malrone either~
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I really like that! :-)
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Originally Posted by poisanna View Post Are you going again?? I was leaning towards that one as well. I will tell my doctor. I just read your blog again. I love it!
I'm so glad you enjoy my blog, thanks!! Yes, I'm going in July. I am very excited, almost as much as you are. Enjoy India, and be sure to tell us all about it!
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I took an antibiotic called Levaquin, which is a quinine based drug and I couldn't open my hands after taking it for 5 days. I will be asking my doctor about all of this today.
If there is any chance of allergy or sensitivity to any drug, then you must make sure your doctor takes that in and you fully discuss it. However many other people take something with no side effects is not relevant. Many of us eat nuts just fine; penicillin has saved countless lives, but it has taken a very few too.

I suggest that you consider carefully whether you need to take anything, or not.

The American authorities seem to say India has malaria. The British health authority, more sensibly, in my view, splits India up into different risk zones.

You can find out about it (and all the drugs) in the booklet you can download from here. Rember to check their site for updates. Goa, for an important for instance, got promoted from low to mid risk since the booklet was published.
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So I had my appt. 21 Tabs of Malarone is $150.00. My husband will need 21 too. He may take the Lariam. I think i was just sensitive to the Levaquin. I took it once before without issue. Thanks for the responses. I appreciate it. :-)
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Long term use of Malarone is possible. But, who can afford it.?
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Very true! I was hoping that my insurance would knock a bit more off of that, but that is the price. If I needed it for a longer period, I would probably go with something else. Anyway, thank you again for all of your help (this goes to everyone). 17 days and counting.......WOW!

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