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Malaria risk in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Caprivi Strip of Namibia, Vic Falls

Old May 24th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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Many years ago I took Doxy and ignored the warning about exposure to the sun while taking this drug. By the end of the day my hands looked and felt like they had been dipped in acid. Malarone made me sluggish but it's still preferable to the side effects of Doxy.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 06:59 PM
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oh my. We thought we needed sun screen since it says to be careful about sun exposure. You mean sun screen when you take doxy is not effective? My hubby is on another med that also says it causes sun sensitivity. We asked the travel nurse about him taking it and the doxy and she didnt think it would be a problem. My concern was taking an antibiotic for so long. Now I'm worried about more. We'll be in Zambia in winter too, which is why I read the thread. Sorry about hijacking it a little.
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Old May 24th, 2009, 07:38 PM
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I don't think everyone would be affected as badly as I was for 2 reasons:

1. I am a very fair person so I am prone to burning easily under any circumstances.

2. I took doxy back in the 80's when I was very young. I was told to avoid excessive sun exposure, but at that time I was 22 years old and I thought I HAD to have a tan!! So I ignored this advice and spent the day at the pool anyway.

You will probably be OK if you use a very strong sunscreen and don't spend 8 hours at the pool, like the foolish young P_M.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 02:43 AM
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Hi dmcw754

If you have been advised by travel doctors that doxycycline is the drug for you, please don't pay too much attention to those that give negatives. I have taken doxy on all my trips for quite some years, and it boils down to what goes with other drugs I am on - the others malaria tablets did not agree with what I was taking, doxy did. Most of my drugs are sun sensitive, and I have never had any side effects due to doxy.

Keep in mind, your travel doctor will have full medical info about you. Listen to his/her advice over what people on this forum have to say.

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Old May 25th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Doxy is definitely nothing for blonde/blue/green eyed-pale skinned humans - as I was told by a travel clinic professional.
Brunettes might do fine with it!

I took SPF 60 which helped a BIT!

Don't allow any doctor to play guinea pig on your side - which might ruin your trip!

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Old May 25th, 2009, 03:05 PM
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Thanks for all your responses! We're not pale or blond haired. That explained it a bit better to me. We're older and dont mind using a lot of sun screen. We're both also on other meds. I want to thank everyone again for giving their input. I'd read several forums about the malaria meds and couldnt figure it out. I understand it a little better now.
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Old May 28th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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Doxy also can give women great yeast infections.
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Old May 28th, 2009, 10:41 AM
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dutyfree -

Thanks for reminding the gals!
While most of the newer antibiotics negate this problem, doxy ain't one of them. And, certainly not something one wants to deal with when on holiday in the middle of nowhere!
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Old May 28th, 2009, 02:44 PM
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Since Dutyfree brought it up...I admit I now pack something for that ailment just in case and encourage other ladies to do likewise.

I'm concerned that if I needed my full perscription of Cipro, that this drug could cause a problem. Or it could just happen for who knows what reason.

One time I had been on a couple of weeks of antibiotics for an infection, something I almost never get. Prescription #1 did not do the trick, so I went to prescription #2. I was half way through Prescription #2 when it was time to leave for a polar bear trip. I continued the prescription on the vacation.

Several days into the trip I noticed discomfort that I had never felt before and surmised it must be a yeast infection from the prolonged use of antibiotics. I was able to arrange some over-the-counter medication, but it required communicating on the radio to a helicopter pilot and an infirmary. One of the male helicopter pilots refused to speak the necessary words via the airwaves so I had to get on the radio myself.

Now I just pack a small amount of this remedy.

I hope reading this was not as distressing to anyone as saying it was to the helicopter pilot. Fortunately never needed it again but it's always in my medicine kit.
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Old May 30th, 2009, 07:01 AM
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When we (Back2sabi and I) went to South Africa and Namibia on our honeymoon last year at this time, we took Cipro as well as Malerone with us.

The only effects from the Malerone that either of us noticed was that my wife was having weird dreams. The Cipro was brought along for potential stomach/intestinal issues.

We only took the Malerone in part of SA(Kruger area) as we were in the Namib Desert in central Namibia (only scorpions and beetles) and the western Cape for the rest of our trip.

];')
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Old May 30th, 2009, 10:52 AM
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I thought the dreams were supposed to come from Larium. Malerone too?
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Old May 30th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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I wouldn't chance it; can't be worth it. The first time I tried Malarone, I asked my doctor for a few extra day's worth of the pill, and took them immediately, long before my departure. This way I could see if I'd have a reaction in the safety of my own home, without ruining the trip. No reaction for me at all, but it's true that you might not be so lucky.
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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 12:01 PM
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More feedback on doxycyclene vs. Malarone. We had Malarone on hand when a trip to India was canceled and were advised to take doxy for a trip to Central America soon after. I e-mailed the Center for Disease Control, and they said I could substitute Malarone for the doxy.
No ill effects at all from the Malarone, by the way, and no sun-sensitivity either.
Our med. insurance covered most of the cost of the Malarone which surprised me.
BTW - I carry acidophilis in case I have to use Cipro. It's supposed to balance your ph -or something- to keep from getting yeast infections - and freaking out helicopter pilots!
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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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I read this a week or so ago, and wanted to add that we will be going in October and will be taking Malarone. Took it when we went back in 2004 with no evil side effects. I was GOING to say that I kind of looked forward to the crazy dreams as I hadn't had any in quite a while. However possibly prompted just by reading this thread, within a couple of days I had some really doozies about 3 nights in a row without taking ANY drugs!
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 05:59 PM
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"However possibly prompted just by reading this thread, within a couple of days I had some really doozies about 3 nights in a row without taking ANY drugs!"

The power of suggestion! Thanks for the acidophilis suggestion.
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I just got back from Botswana, and Vic Falls (zam).

I dutifully took my malarone, and would do so again. However there were many morning drives I did not bother to apply insect repellent ( as I would be so bundled up, and then the sun would be up well up beofre I started peeling the layers). Thou for the late afternoon drives we always did apply the repellent.

We (2 of us) had one mosquito bite the entire trip, never heard them in our tents. The one thing I did which I would not do had I known was spray our clothes with Permetherone (spelling??) which had been recommened to us by our travel Dr.

Malaria is not something I would take a risk with, the malarone side affects were non exisiatant for me.

enjoy your trip, and be safe.

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