Where to buy Malarone (atovaquone + proguanil) in Chennai?

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I'm sorry that my posts here are constantly just requests for info, but this place is a fantastic resource spot!

Anyone know where to get Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil HCI) in Chennai? I dropped into the branch of Apollo pharmacies near my place (the Apollo women's hospital in Kotturpuram) and was told that the only malaria med in India was Mefque (Mefloquine Hydrochloride) which I tried back in Canada and which made me go crazy and hallucinate.

Now I realize that this was only a first try, and that I was probably given complete misinformation ... actually now that I think about it the guy told me its once daily, that med is definetly once a week... I need to try other places but was hoping someone found it first.

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I can say that I used to take cloroquine, so what the guy told you about the 'only' medication available was completely wrong.

I would suggest that you do what I did... talk to a local (your area) doctor and get a recommendation based on their knowledge of the currently active strains of malaria and any resistance.

My understanding is that there is not a big malaria risk here, although it increases to the North of the city.
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Increases?

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I can say that I used to take cloroquine, so what the guy told you about the 'only' medication available was completely wrong.

I would suggest that you do what I did... talk to a local (your area) doctor and get a recommendation based on their knowledge of the currently active strains of malaria and any resistance.

My understanding is that there is not a big malaria risk here, although it increases to the North of the city.
Hi,

do you happen to know anyone (foreigner) who has been infected by malaria here?
I'm not the worrying type but... is it worth eating those pills for months? I live in Nungambakkam, don't know if it's North enough or not

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The "North" is the port area. North of Parry's, Georgetown, etc, at least. You are nowhere near!

My personal conclusion is that it is best to remember that any unexplained fever might be malaria and, if in doubt, get a blood test. I've done that once so far, last March. I'm sticking with that, even though I've moved to an area which is infested with mossies. But I do seriously recommend you talk to a local doctor.

I'm not here for months; I'm here for the foreseeable future. If I knew it was for a finite period of time, I might well still be taking that once-a-week pill.
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Originally Posted by gelfball View Post was told that the only malaria med in India was Mefque (Mefloquine Hydrochloride) which I tried back in Canada and which made me go crazy and hallucinate.
Now that I have taken Malarone, I could never go back to Mefloquine. Even if you don't go crazy, it has a multitude of other side effects that are really not nice either....

Trouble is, well at least in the US, Malarone is really expensive. I've also wondered if you can find it in India, so if you do, let us all know!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post The "North" is the port area. North of Parry's, Georgetown, etc, at least. You are nowhere near!

My personal conclusion is that it is best to remember that any unexplained fever might be malaria and, if in doubt, get a blood test. I've done that once so far, last March. I'm sticking with that, even though I've moved to an area which is infested with mossies. But I do seriously recommend you talk to a local doctor.

I'm not here for months; I'm here for the foreseeable future. If I knew it was for a finite period of time, I might well still be taking that once-a-week pill.
Hm... thanks for the hint Nick. I happened to have that unexplained fever plus all-it-comes-with-it feeling like sh!t about 2 days ago I might visit the Apollo, luckily they're about 300 meters from here


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Here's a hint... If you like the doc you talk to, ask if he has his own clinic. It'll cost a lot less to see him there in there future!
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I don't know how Nick copes with this; I travel with a little booklet on tropical diseases. Highly instructive, but most any of the ghastly afflictions described therein usually involve having a case of the runs and symptoms resembling a cold or a light flu, and the advise to not let this carry on for more than two days as it may prove fatal.

Now as a traveler at least I found since you don't want to be running to the doc's each time you catch a runny nose & a mild Delhi belly is far from uncommon, and they may not take you very seriously for that reason (imagine all those overstressed pale-faceds showing up there), I could never really figure out how to handle such circumstances. Mostly you'll be like Uh, I'll give it another day and it will pass (and it usually does).

How do you handle this Nick? I understand you get sniffy quite easily (easily done in an air-cooled hot climate anyway).

ps Speaking to a local doc whom you feel comfortable with is what I'd do yes.
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Mostly you'll be like Uh, I'll give it another day and it will pass (and it usually does).
I agree, most of the times I don't even think of seeing anyone, don't take any pills either. I'm just a bit more cautious since I've been in Mali this Jan-Feb not taking any malaria medications as well

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No, yes, and well you should be; and speaking to anyone make sure you explain that background (and make sure they understand).

I just meant this general conundrum of Oh, I'm having an off day; can't be running to the doc's all the time now can we. I can only imagine living there this becomes still more of an enigma.
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Originally Posted by SitaParityaga View Post Trouble is, well at least in the US, Malarone is really expensive. I've also wondered if you can find it in India, so if you do, let us all know!
Even if you're sure you found a cheap source in India, the prescription says take for one or two days before entering the malarial area. Plan to get at least a few malarone tabs before you leave the US.

Yes, malarone is very expensive here in the North East too and our health insurance plan doesn't cover it - I guess, they'd rather pay the doctors and hospital fees if we get sick.

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PS [off topic SitaParityaga] - I love the shawl you are wearing in your profile photo. Where'd you get it? I have several many like it from all over.
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Just come to my brother's shop... just looking... I give you special price...

At your local Kashmiri shop

And that's a great pic, Sita... didn't see it before.
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And that's a great pic, Sita... didn't see it before.
more off topic:

Hi Nick,

As you said before [elsewhere] you never look at the profiles.
I wonder if anyone does...

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[Trouble is, well at least in the US, Malarone is really expensive. I've also wondered if you can find it in India, so if you do, let us all know!
The problem is that the company (Glaxo) doesn't want to use it too widespead and thereby encourage the development of resistance as with Chloroquine. Thus, it isn't marketed in India. Even where it is marketed in Asia (Singapore) it isn't cheap so..
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That's one of the more generous attributions of motive than one usually hears of drug companies!

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