Malairia: Mefloquine Lariam

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    Jun 02, 2008 10:02 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to know if any of you have taken these tablets for Malaria.

    I'm going to the Amazon Basin in Peru and I heard one of the side effects of these tablets is...suicide

    Just wanted to know if you have taken them and what side effects you encountered. For the record I thought about getting Malarone but I just don't have the money for them.

    Cheers guys
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    Jun 02, 2008 10:04 AM GMT
    I realise I Malaria is spelt wrong in the heading, I'm stupid!
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    Jun 02, 2008 1:49 PM GMT
    I had some seriously realistic bad dreams after I stopped taking them, real twilight zone stuff. But that's better than having those little Malaria bastards messing with your blood cells.

    If you know that the Malaria prophelaxis is the cause it helps to understand the situation. If you didn't know that, you would think you're going out of your mind and would try not to sleep. This could be the cause of the suicides, lack of information.

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    Jun 02, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    You don't want to take either of those....

    Larium is the the drug who's side effects include visions, headaches, insomnia, vison problems and Yes belief that you fly off tall buildings.

    It effects different people in different ways some people severely others mildly. And don't even think about touching anything alcholic while on them

    I took Larium as a kid and had to be taken off it. Bad side effects didn't sleep for a week literally

    Melfloquinnine is easily the least effective antimalarial and no longer considered an effect antimalarial in most parts of the world. It dosen't stop you getting Malaria it just prevent it from developing into a lethal disease if you do get it.


    The clear winner is Malarone, highly effect one pill a day no side effects and no stomach cramps.

    Deoxycycline is the next best, pills are hard to swallow and have to be taken with meals. They have a tendency to cause you to become more sensitive to sunlight aka sunburn easier

    Also think Larium and deoxy need to be started two weeks before entering the malaria area and two weeks to a month after you leave.

    Malarone you can start the day you enter and take for one week after you leave. V. usefull if your only going to be in the malaria area for a few days you don't have to take pills for two months extra

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    Jun 02, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    I say if you are worried about side effects then go for doxycycline. It's relatively cheap, too. You actually only need to take it 2 days before you leave and for 7 days after you get back.

    I was on Malarone, but my insurance paid for it. I had no side effects. Side effects are low with Doxycycline (sens. to light being the major one-just make sure to bring a good sunscreen, and you have to take it with food).

    Lariam is a weekly dosage. You take it one week before you leave, and four weeks after you get back.
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    Jun 02, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    "If you are taking doxycycline for the prevention of malaria, start taking it 1 or 2 days before traveling to an area where there is malaria. Continue taking doxycycline for 4 weeks after leaving the area where there is malaria. You should not take doxycycline for the prevention of malaria for more than 4 months."


    Hate to call you out but I've taken all three and Malarone is the only drug that you can stop after a week the others need to be take for a month in most cases.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a682063.html

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    Jun 02, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    I know that that is the US recommendation, but I worked at a pharmacy in Nigeria, and the recommended dosage was to continue for one week after. I've prescribed this to countless people with no problems.
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    Jun 02, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    ...But you're right. Don't want to be giving out contrary advice, even if four weeks is excessive, you should probably stick with that. The US is paranoid about Malaria. Most US doctors will freak out if you tell them you've had it and been treated for it. I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, though.

    For me personally, I can't remember to take a pill once a week. I need something everyday or I won't remember. Malarone is your best call, but for the price go for doxycycline.