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Old Oct 17th 2002, 2:47 am
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Hello, i am due to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Vietnam ova the next fews months... i have been looking into buying anti-malarial tablets and have been thinking about getting the malarone. But i've read its only supposed to be prescribed for 28 day use only.. is this true?

any1 who's used/using Doxycycline or Malarone, please can you tell me what side affects you've had or having...

i have been to my doctor but they haven't been massive help, as malarone seems to be a fairly new drug for prevention of malaria.. so i'm lil stuck which one i'm going to get..

Thankyou

Chris
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Old Oct 17th 2002, 9:56 pm
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insanee wrote:
    > Hello, i am due to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Vietnam
    > ova the next fews months... i have been looking into buying
    > anti-malarial tablets and have been thinking about getting the
    > malarone. But i've read its only supposed to be prescribed for 28
    > day use only.. is this true?
    > any1 who's used/using Doxycycline or Malarone, please can you tell me
    > what side affects you've had or having...
    > i have been to my doctor but they haven't been massive help, as malarone
    > seems to be a fairly new drug for prevention of malaria.. so i'm lil
    > stuck which one i'm going to get..
    > Thankyou
    > Chris
    > --
Hello,

We have taken Doxycycline during two months this summer without
any side effect.Besides of this, Doxy is a protection against
intestinal disorder.
No idea about Malarone except that it is much more
expensive than Doxy.

MF
 
Old Oct 17th 2002, 10:43 pm
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Took malarone for c. 21 days earlier this year. No side effects (except
when I mixed them up with my similar-looking laxative tablets and took them
for two days before feeling the effects!!). I got the impression the
shorter period recommendation was to do with the cost than anything else
(over short periods, the higher cost of the tabs are compensated by the
fact you only have to take them for one day before and 7 days after).
Anita

insanee wrote:
    > Hello, i am due to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Vietnam
    > ova the next fews months... i have been looking into buying
    > anti-malarial tablets and have been thinking about getting the
    > malarone. But i've read its only supposed to be prescribed for 28
    > day use only.. is this true?
    > any1 who's used/using Doxycycline or Malarone, please can you tell me
    > what side affects you've had or having...
    > i have been to my doctor but they haven't been massive help, as malarone
    > seems to be a fairly new drug for prevention of malaria.. so i'm lil
    > stuck which one i'm going to get..
    > Thankyou
    > Chris
    > --

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Old Oct 17th 2002, 11:15 pm
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Marie-Francoise Devillers-Thiry writes:

    > We have taken Doxycycline during two months this summer without
    > any side effect.Besides of this, Doxy is a protection against
    > intestinal disorder.

Two months is quite long. You could get liver damage from longer
intake of doxy. I'd not take it longer than that, but better ask a
doctor.
 
Old Oct 19th 2002, 7:12 pm
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"insanee" wrote in message
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    > Hello, i am due to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Vietnam
    > ova the next fews months... i have been looking into buying
    > anti-malarial tablets and have been thinking about getting the
    > malarone. But i've read its only supposed to be prescribed for 28
    > day use only.. is this true?
    > any1 who's used/using Doxycycline or Malarone, please can you tell me
    > what side affects you've had or having...
    > i have been to my doctor but they haven't been massive help, as malarone
    > seems to be a fairly new drug for prevention of malaria.. so i'm lil
    > stuck which one i'm going to get..

Chris, if the advice you get from your doctor is not satisfactory you can do
one of several things...

(1) Ask the doctor to obtain more information and book another appointment.

(2) See another doctor - a travel medical specialist or infectious diseases
centre is best.

(3) Do some research on the topic, then visit a doctor with some very
specific questions.

(4) Take pot-luck and ask people who you have never met, who may have a
completely different body size, metabolism, tollerance to drugs, eating /
drinking habits etc. than yourself. Use their one-off experience as a guide
for how a particular drug may affect yourself, ignoring professional medical
advice.

If you were to ask me, I would not choose option 4.

Myself - 3 months in Viet Nam and rural Thailand (Burma border - almost end
to end). I took no tablets, but opted to wear long pants, shirt sleeves and
used citronella spray (pleasant smelling). At night we used some fly spray,
but most places had nets. This was in summer though, so it was dryer.

Please seek another doctor's opinion.


Wayne
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Old Oct 20th 2002, 12:08 am
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"Wayne Reid" wrote in message
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    > "insanee" wrote in message
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    > >
    > > Hello, i am due to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Vietnam
    > > ova the next fews months... i have been looking into buying
    > > anti-malarial tablets and have been thinking about getting the
    > > malarone. But i've read its only supposed to be prescribed for 28
    > > day use only.. is this true?
    > >
    > > any1 who's used/using Doxycycline or Malarone, please can you tell me
    > > what side affects you've had or having...
    > >
    > > i have been to my doctor but they haven't been massive help, as malarone
    > > seems to be a fairly new drug for prevention of malaria.. so i'm lil
    > > stuck which one i'm going to get..
    > Chris, if the advice you get from your doctor is not satisfactory you can
do
    > one of several things...
    > (1) Ask the doctor to obtain more information and book another
appointment.
    > (2) See another doctor - a travel medical specialist or infectious
diseases
    > centre is best.
    > (3) Do some research on the topic, then visit a doctor with some very
    > specific questions.
    > (4) Take pot-luck and ask people who you have never met, who may have a
    > completely different body size, metabolism, tollerance to drugs, eating /
    > drinking habits etc. than yourself. Use their one-off experience as a
guide
    > for how a particular drug may affect yourself, ignoring professional
medical
    > advice.
    > If you were to ask me, I would not choose option 4.
    > Myself - 3 months in Viet Nam and rural Thailand (Burma border - almost
end
    > to end). I took no tablets, but opted to wear long pants, shirt sleeves
and
    > used citronella spray (pleasant smelling). At night we used some fly
spray,
    > but most places had nets. This was in summer though, so it was dryer.
    > Please seek another doctor's opinion.
    > Wayne
    > http://home.mira.net/~wreid BALI
I agree fully with Wayne.
In some areas of Cambodia etc there are some really nasty malarias (not in
Phnom Penh and Siem Riep as far as I know, and I did not take tabs there,
just followed the same precautions as Wayne. I understand the risks up north
are far higher.

Your regular doctor simply may not have the experience to deal with this
especially in for travel in remote areas.
You may be able to find a specialist centre depending where you are; e.g. in
London try the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, British Airways
travel/medical centre, or Trailfinders.

Roger
Jakarta
 
Old Oct 20th 2002, 8:51 pm
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On Fri, 18 Oct 2002 11:56:36 +0200, Marie-Francoise Devillers-Thiry
wrote some stuff about "Re: what anti-malarial tab?", to
which I would like to add the following:

    >We have taken Doxycycline during two months this summer without
    >any side effect.Besides of this, Doxy is a protection against
    >intestinal disorder.

Yes, and lots of other things including general infections, chlamydia and the
clap! It's an antibiotic. (See www.webmd.com)

Cheers,
Chanchao
 
Old Oct 21st 2002, 7:18 am
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Originally posted by insanee:
Hello, i am due to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas and Vietnam ova the next fews months... i have been looking into buying anti-malarial tablets and have been thinking about getting the malarone. But i've read its only supposed to be prescribed for 28 day use only.. is this true?

any1 who's used/using Doxycycline or Malarone, please can you tell me what side affects you've had or having...

i have been to my doctor but they haven't been massive help, as malarone seems to be a fairly new drug for prevention of malaria.. so i'm lil stuck which one i'm going to get..

Thankyou

Chris
Dude, find out if you are going to a high risk area! if not dont bother with the malaria tablets. They aint good for you. Also, I'd be more worried about Encephalitis, intestine worms and shit that swims up yer dick or in ahole in your body! Malaria aint the only disease out there (spelling check here) nasty virus that will **** you up.
 
Old Oct 21st 2002, 7:22 am
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(4) Take pot-luck and ask people who you have never met, who may have a
completely different body size, metabolism, tollerance to drugs, eating /
drinking habits etc. than yourself. Use their one-off experience as a guide
for how a particular drug may affect yourself, ignoring professional medical
advice.

If you were to ask me, I would not choose option 4.

Good point! Dont ask people here, ask a doctor. Malaria tablets are a last resort for myself but you are not me. I try to avoid taking such crap as it is not exactly good for you unless I am going to a high risk area... anyway for 7 years travelling I have only ever had the shits! Maybe I am just lucky.
 
Old Oct 22nd 2002, 7:03 am
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My Advice,
If you are worried go to a doctor in a travel clinic, did you say you didn't
think
your own doctor was useful ... does he/she specialize in travel medicine?.
When
I've gone to travel clinics they basically have an up-to-date database or
report
of disease risk for various parts of the world and effective preventatives
(sp?),
this also figures in which strains of diseases have become resistant in
which
areas. Its difficult to get that information here .....

Then if you are going to follow my advice ... if I was to take a maleria
pill it
would be doxy (I would never take larium). Amoungst side effects are
increased risk of sunburn, nausia for 10 minutes every morning and yeast
infections (in women). I am not a qualified doctor. I stopped taking
doxy when I figured it was too much trouble for little risk (I was in cities
in
a low-risk area).

-J


"Chanchao" wrote in message
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    > On Fri, 18 Oct 2002 11:56:36 +0200, Marie-Francoise Devillers-Thiry
    > wrote some stuff about "Re: what anti-malarial tab?",
to
    > which I would like to add the following:
    > >We have taken Doxycycline during two months this summer without
    > >any side effect.Besides of this, Doxy is a protection against
    > >intestinal disorder.
    > Yes, and lots of other things including general infections, chlamydia and
the
    > clap! It's an antibiotic. (See www.webmd.com)
    > Cheers,
    > Chanchao
 
Old Oct 31st 2002, 10:15 pm
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AKA insanee.. Thanx to everyone for there replies!!!

i looked into getting the malaria tabs, thou didn't like what i got about the malarone.. so doxy it is..i did go to a doctor n' search the web too, both sources gave me good advice..

i am in indonesia (jakarta) at the mo, travelling to yogyakarta mayb 2moro and then heading out to borobudur (high risk area) where i will need anti-malarial protection. i dont like any of t side effects but i'd rather takin the medi than the alternative.. i haven't ever travelled without me family (n' that was when me were young) so tis is the first time i'm almost alone (me mate helen is travellin wiv me). got some of dat DEET repellent stuff n' some other stuff me mum gave me which was good while she were ova in HK. so hopin the best!!

Cheers for all your replies, hope ur all havin safe travels!!

Chris

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