Time of day to take Malarone?

Old Feb 24th, 2008, 10:44 AM
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Time of day to take Malarone?

Hi all

When do you find it's best to take Malarone for malaria protection? Morning or evening? I don't know if it is supposed to make you drowsy or not. Suggestions?

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Old Feb 24th, 2008, 10:50 AM
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Malarne should be taken with food, preferably dairy, so breakfast is good - cheese, yougurt, milk.

Others prefer at night; if you do react, you'll sleep thru it.

I've always taken in morning, always with food. Never any bad reactions.
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Old Feb 24th, 2008, 11:25 AM
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For me, it's easier to remember to take it in the morning with my vitamins and a glass or milk. Never made me drowsy or had any other reaction.
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Old Feb 24th, 2008, 01:50 PM
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Me three- I agree with Sandi and Mat. I did have to remember the changed time zones, both for my first dose and for the final week.
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I've taken mine in the evening and morning on different trips and prefer morning. I usually have some kind of mild gastrointestinal upset and found that this kept me awake (I have a hard enough time sleeping due to the time change anyway). This trip it made me lose my appetite for most of the trip. Not necessarily a bad thing when you consider all the food that's around on safari and the lack of exercise. I started calling it the Malarone diet
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Old Feb 24th, 2008, 02:31 PM
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Oh yeah...the timezones!! I didn't even think about how that would affect even spacing between doses...thanks!!

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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 06:46 AM
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Time Zones! Morning is wherever morning is. Have never given it a thought. Sun comes up, coffee and yougurt in front of me... I take the pill.
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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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sandi - sure, but if I were to do that (I have a 9 hour difference between here and Tanzania) I'd be taking 2 pills in much less than a 24-hour period and I don't think you're supposed to do that

while in the States I will be taking them 2 days before we leave and will take them at night so when we finally arrive in Tanzania i'll be on schedule for taking them in the morning
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As you wish. I don't make a big deal over a few hours. What if I slept late one morning and didn't have breakfast till 10 or 11am, when the day prior I took pill at 6am.

Since I remove my watch as soon as I board flights, not to replace it till on flight home... checking time is something, I personally, don't do while in Africa.

When I depart on evening flights having taking pill that morning, when I arrive Europe next a.m., it's about 30/hrs.
When I depart on morning flights, with a 12/hr flight, I arrive with about an 18/hr difference.
Evens out.

By first full day in Africa, I'm on schedule.
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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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Taking 2 tablets of Malarone within a 24 hour period, due to time changes, should be fine.

As well as prophylaxis, Malarone can also be used to treat simple malaria infection. The dose is 4 tablets at once, each day, for 3 consecutive days. Although I would recommend getting professional advice if the situation arose.

I always carry extra supplies of antimalarials (Malarone and Lariam) just in case anyone in my travel party starts to show signs of malaria and we are in the middle of nowhere.
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Took mine in the evening, either with or right after dinner. Was just easier for me as I have other meds I take at night. My mom was kind of freaking out about the time change, too. It took a lot of convincing to get her to mellow out. Not sure I was ever completely successful. ;-)

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