DeepSoulSheepGOLD Member
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2,617 posts
Location: Berlin, Ireland


Posted:
Hi guys,

Does anyone know where I can get cheap malarone from? The internet isn't looking much cheaper

Can I get it cheaper in Gambia than europe?

Does anybody have any experiences with homeopathic malarial prevention?

Thanks
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Helen_of_PoiSILVER Member
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412 posts
Location: Dublin, Ireland


Posted:
All I know is that consuming seriously large quantities of vitamin B complex is supposed to act as natural insect (including mozzie) repellant. You can either take supplements, or eat foods that are really rich in vitamin B, like marmite.

But as far as i know you need to start doing this a couple of months before you go to anywhere with a lot of mosquitos.

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Posted:
Look for B50. It'l supercharge you.

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BirgitBRONZE Member
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4,145 posts
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)


Posted:
https://az.essortment.com/vitaminsoverdos_rzlk.htm

on the subject of taking "seriously large" quantities of vitamins... be careful!

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England


Posted:
In answer to your actual question... wink

Yes, I imagine you can get Malarone cheaper out there - BUT - Be really careful, counterfeit drugs are a real danger. Not only might you be taking something which doesn't have any effect (so you're not protected against malaria), but some are actually very bad for you as they're made from whatever Mr. [censored] could lay his hands on to make the tablets from.

Also, when we were in South America we couldn't get malarone, only Doxycyclene (which we didn't want to take as we only needed it for a week and you have to keep taking it 4 weeks after you've left the area) or er... "the other one" (can't remember the name of the 3rd anti-malarial) which ALL the health bodies pointed out didn't work in the area we were going to.

So personally, I'd get it before you left. It costs a fair amount, but malaria is very serious if you get it and the chance of picking up dodgy counterfeit drugs is a real risk.

I wouldn't chance the vitamin-B alternative, it's a preventative to stop you getting bitten (which isn't anywhere near 100% effective) and if you do get bitten it offers you zero protection from malaria.
Get some kick-ass strong DEET repellent - it's rank, bad for your skin if used to much and makes your lips go numb if you kiss your girlfriends after she's sprayed herself - but it's REALLY effective.
We used Bushman's which you get in Oz - it's got silly amounts of DEET in it (80% biggrin ) which is technically illegal to sell in Canada and the UK but it works damn well smile

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blu_valleySILVER Member
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Location: Brighton, United Kingdom


Posted:
Yeah you can't take chances with malaria. Malarone is pricy but get it beforehand, because you never can be too sure and you don't want to leave yourself unprotected. A friend of the family's tried the Vitamin-B approach, but he must have got bitten (In all fairness he was extremely absent-minded and probably didn't approach the theory properly). He was fine and came home feeling fine. A couple of weeks later he was dead. It's not something you want to take chances with.Treatable if caught, but quite nasty.

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Firetrampold hand
896 posts
Location: Binstead, Isle of Wight


Posted:
and you need to start taking anti-malaria stuff at least a week before you go.

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Hanzveteran
1,328 posts
Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia


Posted:
B Vitamins don't actually stop you from getting bitten, if the correct one is taken, all it does is reduce the affects of the bite so the swelling isn't as severe and it doesnt tend to work too well on mozzies, more on sandflies

alien_oddityCarpal \'Tunnel
7,193 posts
Location: in the trees


Posted:
drink lots of indian tonic water as it has a chemichal in it that protects from malaria

SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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8,428 posts
Location: Wales


Posted:
It has quinine in the tonic water, but it doesn't stop you catching malaria. It just lessons the effects of malaria. It has been used as a form of treatment for malaria for hundreds of years.



Drinking Tonic water will not protect you from catching malaria

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MoohaahaaBRONZE Member
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382 posts
Location: In Ger Land, India


Posted:
The thing is, nothing actually fully protects you from catching Malaria.



You can reduce you chances more by using some stuff instead of other stuff. When I was in Tanzania I took Lariam, which gives you interesting dreams. But if I were to catch Malaria, I would have been given basically the same drug in the hospital, just at a much higher dose than if I wasn't taking it in the first place.



Malarone is what I took in Uganda, but, like you say it is very expensive. I don't know anyone who tried to buy it Uganda. It is ok to take for long periods, but you have to take it every day, which you migh forget to do. Lariam is only once a week, which is much easier, and much cheaper.



I do also have some experience of the herbal anti malarials. My friend took only herbal ones in Tanzania for 3 months and she was fine. It might just be luck of course, but Northern Tanzania is somewhere that definately has Malaria, 2 or 3 of the teachers at the school we were at got it while we were there. Some of the other guys on our trip had been living there for months, and they wern't taking anything, and never caught malaria. With malaria, not getting bitten is the best way to not get it, and you should focus on this while your there.



How long are you going to Gambia for? If it's ages I'd advise Lariam, unless you think you'll go mad. None of them are actually 100%, so it's up to you really.



You can get the herbals here;

https://www.ainsworths.com/site/default.aspx

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SkulduggeryGOLD Member
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8,428 posts
Location: Wales


Posted:
 Written by: Moohaahaa


The thing is, nothing actually fully protects you from catching Malaria.






Very true.

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IrinusBRONZE Member
enthusiast
222 posts
Location: London, United Kingdom


Posted:
TinyPixie says: I'd recommend you just go to your GP and ask them for advice. Herbal remedies sometimes work, however I would never trust them against something as important as malaria - you never know whether they have been properly tested as they are not subject to the same stringent testing and regulations as other drugs.



Drugs and medical treatments can sometimes be expensive, (I'm especially aware of this as I am currently planning my medical elective placement and I need lots of prophylactic meds, like anti-retrovirals and such like frown) but I really do think that it's worth spending the money for your health.



And, I would agree with Durbs in that conterfeit drugs are a real problem in developing countries, and you also have to start taking your medication before you leave Britain. My advice really would be to see your GP or go to a clinic in this country and get your drugs there. Medications, be they herbal or "traditional medical" drugs are dangerous things and should be taken with caution!



Have a lovely trip though, and don't worry too much about the malaria!
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newgabeSILVER Member
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Location: Bali, Australia


Posted:
Yeah, worry about dengue fever instead smile

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BansheeCatBRONZE Member
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1,247 posts
Location: lost, Canada


Posted:
Regular general practitioners rarely have a clue about what specific anti malarial is likely to be currently effective in a given region. They often inadvertantly put you on something useless-- with lots of fun side effects too...

It is better to make an appointment well in advance with a travel clinic. Assuming that Ireland or the Uk has such things? Here, it is a group of medical practitioners who specialize in travel issues, shots etc etc. They are very informed and up to date,and often avid travellers themselves so have had direct experience also.

Likewise if you come back with anything weird and wonderful-- these guys are much more likely to be able to figure out what you have caught... and help you get rid of it...

Have a good trip!

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StoneGOLD Member
Stream Entrant
2,830 posts
Location: Melbourne, Australia


Posted:
Malaria


malaria

malaria




cheers wink

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pricklyleafSILVER Member
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1,365 posts
Location: Manchester, England (UK)


Posted:
When I went to Kenya I took Larium, had no problems with it.

I had it perscribed to me - didn't have to pay anything, got it on the NHS. This was a couple of years ago, and I was just 18, so don't know if this still will be possible, and I don't know the health policies in Ireland.

My biggest piece of advice is to go to your doctor!

It VITAL that you take the correct malarial for the country you go to. If malarone is the right one, then still don't wait till you get there to buy it. Finding medication in developing countries is not easy, and may not be as cheap as you imagine (I've no idea how much it would cost, but lack of availability tends to push up prices).

You need to start taking the malarial before you get there in all cases.

Also, do everything you can to prevent being bitten. Cover as much flesh as possible as soon as it starts to get dark and all night (ie long sleeves and trousers). Wear at least 50% deet insect repellent, again in the evenings, night and mornings. If you're camping, spray an insecticide in your tent (usually about 20 minutes before you go to bed). Otherwise use a mosquito net.

Do have an amazing trip though, and don't worry too much about it!

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Firetrampold hand
896 posts
Location: Binstead, Isle of Wight


Posted:
I don't think Lariam is still sold. Find a good doctor who knows what he/she's talking about. Last February I had to go to Ghana while 4 months pregnant. The first doctor I saw didn't have a clue and send me to the phamacist who told me to see a doctor. Then I found one who used to work in Africa so...

Travel clinics are often your best option as they're specialised in that stuff.

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YakumoSILVER Member
veteran
1,237 posts
Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
I know someone who's just been on a malarial vaccine trial, I was concerned as I was under the impression once you'd caught it, you had it for life, it just lies dormant and can spring up any time.

obviously amazing advances in science can happen, but I don't know about them, so, any one hot on the subject currently ?

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squarefishSILVER Member
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403 posts
Location: the state of flux, Ireland


Posted:
james,
stay away from dodgy african medicin clones. I read a very scary report the other day about the percentage of fake drugs being sold, especially anti malarials!

TinyPixieSILVER Member
enthusiast
394 posts
Location: in the clouds..., United Kingdom


Posted:
Right, I've done some research! Currently the guidelines are that if you are visiting a country in sub-saharan Africa, the most effective prophylactic agents are: Mefloquine, Doxycycline or Malarone (which is a trade name for the combination of atovaquone and proguanil).
For North Africa, use Chloroquine and/or proguanil.

For all drugs except Malarone, you must start taking them 1 week before you leave, and continue for 4 weeks after you get back.

Oh! also, many strains of malaria are now resistant to chloroquine...

Yakumo, as to your question, there are treatments for malaria if you catch it and these are mainly higher doses of the same medications used in prophylaxis, sometimes in combination with each other. The prognosis depends on the strain of malaria you catch (there are several). Now, as for malaria recurring, I can't find an proper clinical explanation on this topic, hovewer, if the malaria is treated, there is usually a very good prognosis. .. I'll try to get back to you on that one!

GnorBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
5,814 posts
Location: Perth, Australia


Posted:
3 People I know took homeopathics when they went to a wedding in Africa. One was fine, one got cerebral malaria and took 6 months to get to a functional level again and the other contracted malaria as well.

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Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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SymBRONZE Member
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1,858 posts
Location: Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom


Posted:
I heard something last night about this that shocked me:

Someone went to 10 different homoeopathic clinics saying they were going on a tour of Africa for a few months, all the way from the north to the south.

They said that the normal malaria pills gave them a stomach upset and was there anything else they could have they could have instead.

EVERY SINGLE clinic said "Don't take what the doctor told you to, take these" and gave them some homoeopathic pills.

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GnorBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
5,814 posts
Location: Perth, Australia


Posted:
Thats scary.

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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