May 6th, 2005, 06:50 PM
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Hi Everyone, Our infectious disease doctor recommended that we take fansidar to Tanzania with us in case we get malaria. We had no problems filling our prescription for fansidar when we went to Ecuador a few years ago. However, this time we have been to a number of pharmacies in New York City including one recommended by our physician and in all cases we were told that fansidar was unavailable and couldn't be ordered. Does anybody have any information about how to get fansidar or whether any other medication would be useful instead? As always, many thanks. Judy
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May 7th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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I know Fansidar is still used in Asia. It is now usually used elsewhere only to TREAT malaria should you get it.

In order to protect yourself against getting it, you should have your physician prescribe Malarone as a preventative. It is now the drug of choice for most travelers. It used to be Lariam. However, many people had bad reactions to that one - even having to be hospitalized in Africa. Malarone has now been around for about four years. It is fairly expensive but well worth taking. There are very few side effects with it. Many health insurance companies will pay part of the cost with you just having to pay a co-pay. While taking Malaone you don't have to worry about a reaction to to the sun like you used to with Doxycycline.

Hope this helps.

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May 7th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Jan is absolutely correct. Use a malaria preventative along with repellent during mossie biting hours - dusk to dawn - wear long pants and sleeves and socks also. And the current recommended malaria med is Malarone. As long as you follow this protocol, it's unlikely you'll get bitten.

Besides, you would need a physician to diagnose malaria. It's not something you can diagnose yourself - the systems are similiar to flu and, therefore, can be anything. It is also rare that symptoms appear before 10-days to 2-weeks - by that time you'll probably be home, where your own physician can take care of you.

If for some reason you feel ill while in Tanzania, be sure you've pre-purchased membership in Flying Doctors Service: ($25/person)
so they can retrieve you from wherever you are and taken to a hospital in Arusha, where you'll be diagnosed for whatever might be ailing you and treated accordingly.
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